Intercession Is Not Working For God
by Norman Grubb
He is able to save completely those who come to God through him" |
- Hebrews 7:25.
An intercessor is not "working for God"; he is the human means by which God is doing His own work - and that's all. The fundamental difference is between the way we "tried" to be God's servants, when we were still under the delusion that the redeemed man does God's work for Him and with His help, and the revelation now given us that we are not really we at all, but He in us that He may be He by us. We, indeed, need to have this clear deep down to the center of our consciousness, so that our basic outlook on what we commonly call Christian service has been revolutionized; and we cannot, simply cannot, be caught up again in that frustrating, ulcer-causing, nervous-breakdown-producing rat race of "doing our best for Him."
Our calling is to activity, non-stop activity, probably more ceaseless and intense activity than in that former way; to a sacrifice that, as with C. T. Studd and so many thousands of others, may bring us the honor of empty pockets, worn-out bodies, lives laid down (and we reckon it the highest honor God could ever give a man when it was said of Jesus, "It pleased the Lord to bruise him"). All this is now God in saving action by us, God reaching man through man. The intercessor is commissioned (Isaiah 59:16). The intercessor is involved (Isaiah 53:12). But all this is meaningless unless the intercessor is also authoritative (Hebrews 7:25).
- The Spontaneous You