HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“For unto you, it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him but also to suffer for his sake;” (Philippians 1:29).
God keeps a costly school. Many of its lessons are spelt out through tears. I say to you this morning, “O God, I thank Thee for a bodily discipline of sixty and one years”; and I am not the only man who has turned a trouble into triumph.
This school of our Heavenly Father will soon close for us; the term time is shortening every day. Let us not shrink from a hard lesson or wince under any rod of chastisement. The richer will be the crown, and the sweeter will be Heaven if we endure cheerfully to the end and graduate in glory. This world was never intended for our home, so do not settle for these earthly treasures
The finest china in the world is burned at least three times, some of it more than three times. Dresden china is always burned three times. Why does it go through that intense fire? Once ought to be enough; twice ought to be enough. No, three times are necessary to burn that china so that the gold and the crimson are brought out more beautiful and then fastened there to stay.
We are fashioned after the same principle in human life. Our trials are burned into us once, twice, thrice; and by God’s grace these beautiful colours are there and they are there to stay forever. So when trials come to us it is for a reason to bring forth the shine, durability, beauty and purpose in life. I pray that you will not buckle under the pressure and the fires of this life. It is to make you into the plan of God’s design.