This was an intense personal attachment to Christ, as the chief fruit of their three years’ intercourse. When Christ first called them, there was something in Him that attracted them and made that call irresistible. As Christ drew them without their knowing how and why, so He led them by a way and to a goal they knew not.
They began by believing in Him as the Messiah: He led them on to know Him as the Son of God, as a Friend, as a Master, as a Redeemer. Of His love to them, or theirs to Him, He said little or nothing till the last night of His life. Then He opened up to them the mystery of His loving them with a Divine love—of His giving His life for them, of the Father’s love resting on them, of their loving Him and keeping His commandments.
It was not the disciples who had followed Him with any thought of such an aim: it was Christ who had, by His Divine love, thus, in the course of His three years’ training, attached them to Himself. It is this intense personal living attachment to Christ that prepares for receiving the Holy Spirit, and brings that pentecostal power without which the Church cannot hope to conquer the world.
Here we have the answer to the question at the close of our previous paragraph.
Detachment comes only through a new and stronger attachment. As a Christian sees that, though he knows so little of his Lord’s love, the Lord is ready to lead him on to it in a way he knows not, he becomes willing to turn away from everything that can occupy the heart, and to yield himself, in patient obedient discipleship, to the influences of intercourse with his Lord. He learns to believe that that love can master him.
The love of Christ asks and claims the whole heart and life. If we are really to appeal to our Churches to follow in the footsteps of the pentecostal Church, and to claim its power and blessing, do let us encourage them to enter the school in which Christ trained His disciples. When the love of Christ becomes everything to any of us, and we yield ourselves to His love, dying for sinners, to take possession of us and use us, that love will teach us, it will constrain us, to part with all for this pearl of great price. Detachment from the world, attachment to Christ, are the secrets of pentecostal blessing.
Andrew Murray, The Key to the Missionary Problem (London: J. Nisbet & Co., 1902), 122–124.