BRAINWAVES
VI.  Quotations
THE CRUCIFIED LIFE One   time   a   young   man   came   to   an   old   saint   who   taught   the   deeper   life,   the   crucified   life,   and said   to   him,   "Father,   what   does   it   mean   to   be   crucified   ?" The   old   man   thought   for   a   moment   and said,   "Well,   to   be   crucified   means   three   things.   First,   the   man   who   is   crucified   is   facing   only   one direction."   I   like   that   -   facing   only   one   direction.   If   he   hears   anything   behind   him   he   can't   turn around   to   see   what's   going   on.   He   has   stopped   looking   back.   The   crucified   man   on   the   cross   is looking   in   only   one   direction   and   that   is   the   direction   of   God   and   Christ   and   the   Holy   Ghost,   the direction   of   Biblical   revelation,   world   evangelisation,   the   edifying   of   the   church,   sanctification, and the Spirit-filled life. And   the   old   man   scratched   his   scraggy   grey   hair   and   said,   "One   thing   more,   son.,   about   a   man on   a   cross   -   he's   not   going   back."   When   you   go   out   to   die   on   the   cross   you   bid   good-bye   -   you are   not   going   back!   If   we   would   preach   more   of   this   and   stop   trying   to   make   the   Christian   life   so easy   it's   contemptible   we   would   have   more   converts   that   would   last.   Get   a   man   converted   who knows   that   if   he   joins   Jesus   Christ   he's   finished,   and   that   while   he's   going   to   come   up   and   live anew,   as   far   as   this   world's   concerned   he   is   not   going   back-then   you   have   a   real   Christian indeed. The   old   man   went   on,   "Another   thing   about   the   man   on   the   cross,   son;   he   has   no   further   plans of   his   own."   I   like   that.   Some-body   else   made   his   plans   for   him,   and   when   they   nailed   him   up there all his plans disappeared. Oh, what busy-beaver Christians we are with all of our plans ! It is beautiful to say "I am crucified with Christ," and know that Christ is making your plans.   A. W. Tozer, Total Commitment to Christ. .