Monday, June 29, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The one needful thing...

Draw me, Lord, draw me
until I cannot stay.
Find in me a yearning heart
to meet with Thee today.
Teach me how to come apart
and rest with you awhile.
Content and sitting at Your feet;
basking in Your smile.
-A.H 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

Devotion to Christ

Lately, during my few-and-far-between moments for reading, I have been sitting at the feet of a man who knew God in a way that few others have. Having always appreciated his devotional 'My Utmost For His Highest', I was happy to start another book of Oswald Chambers this past Spring. It has literally been a treasure-house, and God has used him mightily to confirm His own workings and movings in my heart.

My thoughts have recently been turned to the one purpose and overwhelming priority in life. That of being and not merely doing. Devotion to Christ, not a cause. Extravagant love for Him which supersedes my own plans, desires, and conceptions of what my life is supposed to be. A heart taken up and enraptured with Him rather than a worshipping of what I'm doing for Him.

I will let his pen take over and finish this note. I also do not want to forget to mention that I highly recommend any of his books!! :-) I encourage you to pick one up today!

Our Lord never called anyone to work for him because they realize a need, but only on the basis (of the realization) that He has done something for them. The only basis on which to work for God is an esteemed appreciation of His deliverance; that is, our personal history with God is so poignant that it constitutes our devotion to Him.

Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him. The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, NOT a call to do something for Him. Do not be more devoted to service that to Jesus Christ.

Nowadays the great passion is the passion for souls, but you never find that passion mentioned in the New Testament; it is the passion for Christ that the New Testament mentions.

When a worker jealously guards his secret life with God, the public life will take care of itself.

Paul was not given a message or doctrine to proclaim; he was brought into a vivid, personal, overmastering relationship to Jesus Christ. Paul was devoted to a person, not a cause. He was absolutely Jesus Christ's; he saw nothing else, he lived for nothing else.