Austin Sparks, Christian Ministry, Christianity, Daily Devotional

August 30

30 AUG – Why Are You a Christian?

Jesus was made perfect through sufferings; there is no other way for us. We are not already perfect, but we do stand on the same ground of Divine method. … made perfect through suffering. This manhood, this heavenly manhood, is only going to be produced through suffering. You had better settle it. We do not like it. It does not seem to be the kind of Christianity that we had offered to us in the popular terms. We have been promised so much if we become Christians, it has all been made so rosy. No, He never did that. He said, ‘You cannot be My disciple unless you deny yourself, you have to say No to yourself, and take up the Cross; you cannot be My disciple unless you hate your own soul and are prepared to lose it’ (meaning, to lay it down unto death: Luke 14:26, 27, 33; Matt. 10:38, 39; Matt. 16:24). It is suffering, deep inward formation according to Christ, God’s heavenly Man, by outward separation, inward separation and suffering. That is the way that Christ went. He has offered no other way to His disciples and to His servants.

Of course, to leave it there seems rather gloomy, not very attractive; but we have not finished by a very long way. Oh, what this Man in Christ, this corporate Man, this Body of Christ, is destined for! ‘What is man, that Thou puttest him in charge of all the inhabited earth to come, whereof we speak?’ (Heb. 2:5, 6) And, more than that, “know ye not that we shall judge angels?” (1 Cor. 6:3) I am not going further with that. I simply indicate it, to set that as an offset to what might look like rather a gloomy situation over this suffering business. “If so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified with Him.” (Rom. 8:17) “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him.” (2 Tim. 2:12) You see, it is not just again putting somebody into an objective position as a reigning monarch. It is spiritual character. “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matt. 5:5)

What the Lord is saying to us at this time is, ‘Do you know what you are in this world for? Do you know why I have reached out and laid My hand on you, why you are a Christian, a child of God? Do you know the meaning of it all? It is to make you a man according to My original and abiding thought and intention, to bring you into that Man’. Yes, it applies to all of us. It is a man-hood, a kind of humanity God has ever intended, and if you think this is theory, have you no experience that corroborates what I have said?

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2 thoughts on “August 30

  1. James and Marilyn Caple says:

    What a tremendous distillation of truth! Of course Sparks always amazes me by the way he can condense the big picture of God’s eternal purpose into words that communicate deeply to my spirit. But this—and the other recent Day by Day posts—like the recent one where he defined both inward and outward separation—are exceptionally excellent! Please, please, please—what larger book/work are these an excerpt from? I have loved these devotionals you post daily—but have been frustrated by the fact that you do not include a footnote revealing your source. Have you noticed the way the Open Windows daily Sparks devotional does indicate the larger writing or article excerpted from? I love that! Because when my spirit is deeply ministered to by a certain days devotion—I can then read it in its larger context!

    A sister in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Christ,

    • Hi Marilyn,

      Thanks for your message. I also subscribe to Open Windows and always go to the link to read the full message each morning. This is something I have considered doing with Day by Day (adding the links) – but it is one of those time-consuming projects I just haven’t made time for. For many of these excerpts, you can select a sentence that seems unique to that message, then go to and paste it into the Search box. Unfortunately not all can be located, as is the case for the August 30th excerpt. These were compiled by an elderly brother in India who chose not to make the source available.

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