I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. —John 10:10
There are two kinds of lives…:the fallow and the plowed….
The man of fallow life is contented with himself and the fruit he once bore. He does not want to be disturbed. He smiles in tolerant superiority at revivals, fastings, self-searchings….He is steady, “faithful,” always in his accustomed place….But he is fruitless. The curse of such a life is that it is fixed….To be has taken the place of to become….
The plowed life is the life that has, in the act of repentance, thrown down the protecting fences and sent the plow of confession into the soul. The urge of the Spirit, the pressure of circumstances and the distress of fruitless living have combined thoroughly to humble the heart.
Such a life has put away defense, and has forsaken the safety of death for the peril of life. PTP032-033
God gives us what we want. If you want a little of His grace, you may get it. If you want to be halfhearted, you may. But if you want to be wholly His and have all His fullness, His great heart is just longing to find room and vent for His love. CTBC, Vol. 4/297