Continuing our readings from Sundar Singh’s first book “At the Master’s Feet,” we now move into the first chapter of this work.
Here is the audio for Chapter 1, section 1:
As you listen, here are some questions to consider:
1) In this vision, the Master makes the distinction between those that know about him and those that truly know him and can see him. “There are many believers who are aware of My presence in their hearts bringing to them spiritual life and peace, but cannot plainly see Me.” Where in your life have you felt Christ’s presence, leading and directing you, but still leaving you just short of full revelation?
2) Sundar Singh offered this analogy from the Master: “Sometimes during sickness the faculty of taste in the tongue is interfered with, and during tht time, however tasty food given to the sick person may be, it has an ill taste to him.” This, he says, is like unto sin in our lives. Looking around at the world today, what teachings of Christ seem repellent or out of place, especially where society or your own way of life sees the opposite as entirely acceptable?
3) As a follow up to this, how can we really live into the message of Christ that seems so counter-cultural to the rest of society?
4) There are two baptismal theologies that run through the history of the Church: one of washing, the other of regeneration. The first is typical of the Reformed and Evangelical traditions, while the second is more often found in the older catholic and orthodox traditions. In this vision, Sundar Singh leaves us with one final analogy from the Master: “Take a piece of charcoal, and however much you may wash it its blackness will not disappear, but let fire enter into it and its dark colour vanishes. So also when the sinner received the Holy Spirit (who is from the Father and Myself, for the Father and I are one), which is the baptism of fire, all the blackness of sin is driven away, and he is made a light to the world.” How does our relationship to sin and God differ as we consider each of these two different baptismal theologies?