IF I avoid being "plowed under," with all that such plowing entails, of rough handling, isolation, uncongenial situations, strange tests, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF when an answer I did not expect comes to a prayer which I believed I truly meant; I shrink back from it; IF the burden my Lord asks me to bear be not the burden of my heart's choice, and I fret inwardly and do not welcome His will, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF my interest in the work of others is cool; IF I think in terms of my own special work; IF the burdens of others are not my burdens too, and their joys mine, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I slip into the place that can be filled by Christ alone, making myself the first necessity to a soul instead of leading it to fasten upon Him, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I refuse to allow one who is dear to me to suffer for the sake of Christ, IF I do not see such suffering as the greatest honor that can be offered to any follower of the Crucified, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF in the fellowship of service I seek to attach a friend to myself, so that others are caused to feel unwanted; IF my friendships do not draw others deeper in, but are ungenerous (i.e., to myself, for myself), then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF it be not a simple and a natural thing to say, "Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord's people were prophets," then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I do not forget about such a trifle as personal success, so that it never crosses my mind, of IF it does, is never given a moment's room there; IF the cup of spiritual flattery tastes sweet to me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I want to be known as the doer of something that has proved the right thing, or as the one who suggested that it should be done, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I crave hungrily to be used to show the way of liberty to a soul in bondage, instead of caring only that it be delivered; IF I nurse my disappointment when I fail, instead of asking that to another the word of release may be given, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
An exert from Amy Carmichael's book, IF. This is a deep devotional book from the hand and heart of a dear Christian servant who gave her life to reach out to the "forsaken and abused" children of the world. I leave no comment of my own. Let your heart "hear" the message of Amy's soul and ask the Holy Spirit to apply it's message to your own. - Pastor Eckardt
The current blog entries feature IF quotes from Amy Carmichael, who was a Protestant Christian missionary that served in India for 55 years without furlough and wrote many books about the missionary work there.