Others May, You Cannot

If God has called you to be really like Christ in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility and put on you such demands of obedience, that He will not allow you to follow other Christians, and in many ways He will seem to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Others can brag on themselves, and their work, on their success, on their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all you good works.

The Lord will let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hid away in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice fragrant fruit for His glory, which can be produced only in the shade.

Others will be allowed to succeed in making money, but it is likely God will keep you poor because he wants you to have something far better than gold and that is a helpless dependence on Him; that He may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day – out of an unseen treasury.

God will let others be great, but He will keep you small. He will let others do a great work for Him and get credit for it, but He will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing; and then to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work you have done, and this will make your reward ten times greater when He comes.

The Holy Spirit will put strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over.

So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has a right to do what He pleases with His own, and He will not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealing with you. He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and let other people say and do many things that you cannot do or say.

Settle it forever, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, and that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways that others are not dealt with.

Now, when you are so possessed with the Living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this particular personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven.

–G. D. Watson


16 thoughts on “Others May, You Cannot

  1. Good word from Watson! Definitely worth sharing & contemplating…soaking in it for a bit. Thanks for your comments left “behind” & your prayers for Merideth & Abby. God moves when we pray! I just love Him!

  2. Amazing. Amazing.

    Thank you so much for sharing this piece. I am flabbergasted and thrilled and amazed.

    Someone very close to me told me just yesterday that “you’re allowed, Jayleigh, to do this and that. Like it really matters to God.”

    In my heart I felt that she was saying a wrong thing… not wrong for everyone, but wrong for me… and I had never seen it put in this way before.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for posting this.

  3. Jayleigh,

    I’m glad this was a blessing to you. My husband shared it with me a long time ago, and it popped into my mind yesterday. Sometimes people may not understand our convictions.(even if we show them in the Bible the principle upon which it is based) However, God’s blessing follows as we follow the convictions He gives us.

  4. Hi… Just found you

    I especially like this line:

    He wants to produce some choice fragrant fruit for His glory, which can be produced only in the shade.

    Excellent word picture! I have flowers along one side of the house that will only bloom in full shade, so the imagery brought a smile.

    (Tell us a bit more about G.D. Watson?)


  5. Greetings. Awesome post. The joy of the Lord is so real and doesn’t depend on our apparent standing here. To be in the secret place with the Lord Jesus is greater than all of the treasures or vainglory that this world can offer.
    Have a great weekend in Christ.


  6. I have often wondered about the same “issue” and reading it today sheds light on what I think was already answered in my mind … somehow I needed to read it to confirm it. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. “Others May, You Cannot” was apparently written by G.D. Watson in the mid 1800s. It has been appreciated by many, among whom was James Hudson Taylor (the founder of the China Inland Mission) who apparently hand-copied it for his own benefit when he was about 42 years old–a dated hand-written copy having been found among his treasured papers after his death. This little meditation is currently in print in leaflet form from a variety of publishers, one of which is Bible Truth Publishers (www.BTPonline.org).

  8. I found this in my faters bible which was given to me by my mother 10 years after he died. I love it, it’s an holy spirit piece and it remains gaurdedin Gods Word

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