The Parable of the Eye of the Needle
I stood among the sons of men, strong and tall. My
heart was filled with enthusiasm. My life was given to the purpose of
God. Upon that day, I said to the Lord, “I will do mighty exploits in the
name of my God.”
The Lord came unto me, and He said, “What is it, son
of man, that thou wouldst have?”
I said, “Lord, if I would only be among those who
play sweetly upon an instrument and who sing well in the house of the Lord,
then I would do great things for my God.”
The Lord came to me, and He gave unto me the desire
of my heart. He stood me among the sons of men. He let me play, and He let
me sing. I saw the day when the hearts of men were moved by that thing that
the Lord had given unto me.
After hearts of men were moved, I stood back, and I
said to myself, “Now I will be content, for I have been able to move the
hearts of men.” But in my secret hour, I bowed my heart before my God and
said, “Lord, Thou hast given what I asked for, but my heart is heavy.
I have a longing for something more.”
He came again unto me in the night season. He
asked me again, “Son of man, ask Me again the thing that thou wouldst have
I said, “Lord, I see men bowed by burdens low.
I see hearts that are broken. I see sadness and discouragement.
O, give me the power of the spoken word that I might speak the Word and
their hearts will be delivered.”
The Lord came unto me and said, “Son of man, I have
given thee the things which thou has desired.”
With great joy, I marched before the people of God.
In my youth and in my enthusiasm, I spoke the Word and men were delivered.
I spoke the Word, and their hearts were made whole. I know what it was
to bind the brokenhearted and to pour in the oil of joy for mourning.
While men were praising Him and glorifying His name,
I went back to my secret chamber. I bowed my head in sorrow. I
said, “O my God, O my God. I am not satisfied.”
He came again unto me and He said, “Son of man, what
is it that thou again desirest of Me?”
And I said, “O my God, give me power in my hands that
as Thou didst do, I might lay my hands upon the sick and see healing flow.”
He said unto me, “It is done as thou has commanded.”
From that very day, as I went to the nations of the
Earth, I saw the sick raised from their sick beds. I saw pain and
suffering go away.
I was rejoicing as I went to my secret place. I bowed
my head before my God. I said, “Now, my God, I will be satisfied, for
Thou has given me that which I have desired.”
No sooner had the words come out of my mouth when the
heart within me began to ache and cry. I said, “God, I do not understand
this. Again my heart is sad.” I said, “Lord, wilt Thou just one more time
give me the thing I ask of Thee?”
He said, “It is done.”
I said, “God, I desire to go against principalities
and powers, the powers of the wickedness of this world in spiritual darkness
in high places.”
He said, “Surely I give it unto thee. Now go.”
So I went, and the Lord allowed me to go into dens of
iniquity and holes and dives where men hide from the light because of the
sin and evil that is upon them. There was a day when I saw demons cry out at
the very presence of the power of God that rested.
Then I went back to my secret place broken. I said,
“God, I have asked Thee for all that I desire, and still my heart is not
satisfied. Nor do I feel that I have touched the thing that Thou hast called
me to. In my youth I had expended myself with all the things that my heart
Then one more time a gracious and loving God visited
me in the night season. He said, “Now, what is it that thou dost desire?”
In brokenness of heart, I bowed before Him, and I
said, “God, only that thing which Thou dost desire to give unto me.”
He came unto me and said, “Come with Me, and I will
take thee on a journey.” He took me past my friends. He took me past those
with whom I had come into the house of the Lord. He took me into a desolate
place. He caused me to go into a place alone in the wilderness.
I said, “O my God, Thou hast cut me off from those I
love. What art Thou doing unto me?”
He said, “I take thee to the place where all men must
come if their heart’s cry is to be fulfilled.”
At a certain hour, I bowed before a gate that is
called, “the Eye of the Needle.” There before the Eye of the Needle I heard
the voice of the Lord say, “Bow low.” I bowed low. He said, “No, lower.” So
I bowed lower. He said, “Yet lower. Thou dost not go low enough. “ So I went
as low as I could go.
I had upon my back my books of learning. I had with
me my instruments of music. I had with me my gifts and abilities. He said
unto me, “Thou hast too much, thou canst not go through this gate.”
I said, “God, Thou hast given me these books. Thou
hast given me these abilities.”
He said, “Drop them, or thou dost not go.” So I
dropped them, and I went on through a very small gate that is called “the
Eye of the Needle.”
As I went through this gate, I heard the voice of the
Lord say, “Now rise to the other side.” As I rose, a very strange thing
happened to me. For lo, the gate which was so small that I must lay aside
everything, was so wide I could not fill it.
As I stood in the presence of the Lord, I said, “God,
what is this thing that Thou hast done unto me, for my soul is now
He said, “Thou hast come through the gate of worship.
Now come up to the Circle of the Earth, and I will show thee a great
mystery. I will reveal unto thee the thing that I am doing among the sons of
The Spirit of the Lord caught me away. He took me to
the Circle of the Earth, higher than the eagle flies, beyond where the
clouds can rumble, beyond where the sun shines or the moon finds her path.
There at the throne of my God, He said, “Look down upon My people.”
I saw strange things. I saw my compassions gathered
around a very small gate. I saw them wringing their hands and crying. They
were saying to one another, “God hath given us these instruments of war.
This sword is my sword, and I will work against the enemy. I will bring the
enemy down. I cannot go through this gate, for if I go through this gate, I
must put down my sword. God had called me to be a warrior, and therefore I
will not do it.”
And I heard another one say, “Me? Lay down my
instruments of music? Lay down all that God has given unto me, just to go
through that silly little gate, to be nothing but a bare man who comes out
on the other side stripped of everything? I cannot do this thing!” I saw
them as they stood aside in their pride, afraid to bow themselves before a
very small gate.
Then I saw again, as the Lord brought me closer to
the gate, I saw a man bow low, laying down everything that he had. As he
came through the very wide gate on the other side, his instruments of music
were there. His sword was there. His books were there. The power was there.
The word of the Lord came to me, “Go now and tell
this people before thee, I have given unto this people extreme talents and
much ability. I have called those who are instrumentalists to play. But I
say unto thee this day, if thou dost not come through the very small gate,
which is the gate of worship, and bow low and lay before Me thine
instruments, thy talents, thine abilities, thy vision, and the power, thou
shalt always be among those who will only be able to minister to the hearts
of men and bless the hearts of men.
“But there is a gate open in the Church in this hour
which is a very small gate. Through that gate only men who are worshippers
will go. These men will lay talents before their God. These men will say,
“God, we will be worshippers.” Through that wide gate they will come. As
they come through that wide gate (hear again the Word of the Lord), they
will arise again on the other side, not to minister unto men, but to
minister unto their God.
“I now present before thee a choice. Thou canst
minister unto men, and I will cause thee to sway the hearts of men with thy
talent. Or thou canst humble thyself as one passing through a very low gate
and become a worshiper of God. Then thou shalt minister unto the King.”
This, the best known of her prophetic parables, was given by
Dr. Baker at the 1981 National Worship Symposium in Dallas, Texas.