A CALL TO SERVICE
WHEN a message comes containing an opportunity for real service, and disclosing a real plan and a real work for the helping of your brothers; not some vague high sounding ideal, but a definite practical work that your Soul recognizes , and your heart leaps toward in glad response, know that such response is My Voice calling you to the Work I have been preparing you for, and you need not question or doubt, for your Soul commands you to obey. But if there is no glad response in your heart, not even a faint voice there calling upon you to investigate as there may be something in this for you and instead there is only a coldness and an entire lack of interest know that message is for others and that particular Work is not for you, for you could be of no assistance, not being ready for such Work--as yet.
But if hearing, and at first thus happily responding, if but for a moment, before doubts crowd in and from outer sources come advice and argument, criticism of that particular work or of the way it came to you, or of the messenger who brought it, fast smothering the urge in the heart still trying to hold your attention, know that I am but trying and testing you, to see if you are as yet ready for the Work which I always have awaiting My proven and faithful servants; to see if I can use you to awaken and prepare my other children so I can unfold My nature in them that they can feel Me as the Love in their hearts, and can thereby hear My voice there, and know I am their Higher and Real Self and that I am calling them also, anxious to lead them forth into the New Day. While all calls are My Call, each with its separate appeal, yet each is but leading you on to a realization that all outer things that appeal, all calls of ambition, of riches, of leadership, of power, of human love, yea even of Spiritual attainment, are but the allurements of the separate self, that I use to build Me a strong personality in you, with its power of concentration and ability to accomplish; an instrument I thus develop and prepare for use in the fulfilment of My Plan and Purpose.
Then when all is ready, in order that there may be nothing to interfere with or hinder Me in such use, one by one I take from you all outer things that still allure, until there is nothing anymore left, nothing and no one you can look or turn to but Me, and you have learned to want and to know Me as the one and only thing of importance, and the perfect serving of Me becomes the sole concern and ambition of your life. It is then only I can send you the Great Call and you can hear it in your heart, which now has been opened wide for My use alone, an d has been cleansed of all de sires of self.
Then only can you hear that Call,