Saturday, February 21, 2009

The focus of life

If what we call love doesn't take us beyond ourselves, it is not really love. 

Have you ever been driven to do something for God not because you felt that it was useful or your duty to do so, or that there was anything in it for you, but simply because you love Him? Have you ever realized that you can give things to God that are of value to Him?

There are times when it seems as if God watches to see if we will give Him even small gifts of surrender, just to show how genuine our love is for Him. To be surrendered to God is of more value than our personal holiness. Concern over our personal holiness causes us to focus our eyes on ourselves, and we become overly concerned about the way we walk and talk and look, out of fear of offending God. "...but perfect love casts out fear..." (I John 4:18)

We should quit asking ourselves, "Am I of any use?" and accept the truth that we really are not of much use to Him. The issue is never of being of use, but of being of value to God Himself. Once we are totally surrendered to God, He will work through us all the time.

-Oswald Chambers

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A call to Christian Service

The call to Christian service
Is a call from God above.
He sends us forth to serve a world
and save that world through love.
He calls for you, He calls for me;
'Tis God's own voice that says, "Go ye."

The call to Christian service
is a call from men without.
"Come o'er to Macedonia;" - 
Can you hear the dying shout?
They cry to you, they cry to me.
Let's go while still they plead, "Come ye."

The call to Christian service
is a call we hear within.
Our own hearts seem to whisper
"Go and save this world from sin."
                                                         May your sincere response now be,
                                                  "I'm wholly thine, Lord, please send me."

-A. E.