I do not need bars or scars to mark out the place of my imprisonment for the sake of Christ. I am constrained by his excellent strength within the place he has set me himself. And it becomes my great joy to serve Him in this very place of obscurity.
How greatly I desire that all my brothers and sisters should perceive their place in the same fashion. May zeal consume us to be joyful in our place of holy affliction. For we have not arrived among the things we own by circumstances of chance. But it is God in Christ who draws us to this place.
It is God in Christ who will draw us to himself. And even now the signs of his ownership dress us with glory! See how our hearts are marked by his indelible seal. See how Desire desires to consume us.
Do we restrain his will? Do we restrain the desire of God among us? This has no Holy right to exist. But receive this word of urging. Receive and be strengthened for his Lovely sake. How should the Gospel of Christ Jesus be suppressed? How should that which burns within us find any extinguishing? These things within us, these things of Christ, are delivered to us from eternity to eternity.
It is a childish matter to be able to point out the suppressing of the Glory of God among men. But among the people of God, it would be right if one had to search far and wide to find such a suppressing. Yet how my heart sinks to realize, one does not have to search very hard at all.
Does this need to remain among us; this willing restraint of the Holy will of God? You know the answer is “no”.
This word of exhortation is complete.
By His Grace