Honestly, I never thought I would be quoting from this kind of devotional. When someone told me about Oswald Chamber’s devotional book “My Utmost For His Highest,” it was from someone much older than me. I received a very nice copy of one from my christian high school for graduation. As I perused it, I found the words and the concepts to be over my head. So I tucked it away in my stack of books and forgot about it.
Now that I am in my upper 30’s I’ve pulled it out again on a whim. Each time I’ve open the pages to read an excerpt I have been blown away by the profound wisdom of Oswald Chamber’s teachings.
Here is the devotion for today. There is no candy coating here. He tells it like it is and I am actually very appreciative of it. If you’d like to buy your own copy, you can on Amazon by clicking here: My Utmost For His Highest
THE FOCUS OF OUR MESSAGE
“I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” – Matthew 10:34
“Never be sympathetic with a person whose situation causes you to conclude that God is dealing harshly with him. God can be more tender than we can conceive, and every once in a while He gives us the opportunity to deal firmly with someone so that he may be viewed as the tender One. If a person cannot go to God, it is because he has something secret which he does not intend to give up-he may admit his sin, but would no more give up that thing than he could fly under his own power. It is impossible to deal sympathetically with people like that. We must reach down deep in their lives to the root of the problem, which will cause hostility and resentment toward the message. People want the blessing of God, but they can’t stand something that pierces right through to the heart of the matter.
If you are sensitive to God’s way, your message as His servant will be merciless and insistent, cutting to the very root. Otherwise, there will be no healing. We must drive the message home so forcefully that a person cannot possibly hide, but must apply its truth. Deal with people where they are, until they begin to realize their true need. Then hold high the standard of Jesus for their lives. Their response may be, “We can never be that.” Then drive it home with, “Jesus Christ says you must.” “But how can we be?” “You can’t, unless you have a new Spirit.” (see Luke 11:13)
There must be a sense of need created before your message is of any use. Thousands of people in this world profess to be happy without God. But if we could be truly happy and moral without Jesus, then why did He come? He came because that kind of happiness and peace is only superficial. Jesus Christ came to “bring…a sword” through every kind of peace that is not based on a personal relationship with Himself.” – Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
I’m amazed at how right on he was. If I didn’t show when he was living, we would have never known what he said was for a different generation! I don’t know about you, but I’m going to keep on reading. Click on the link above if you’d like to get your own copy and join me.
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