Thursday, July 10, 2008

Oswald Chambers


"That I may know Him." Philippians 3:10

The initiative of the saint is not towards self-realization, but towards knowing Jesus Christ. The spiritual saint never believes circumstances to be haphazard, or thinks of his life as secular and sacred; he sees everything he is dumped down in as the means of securing the knowledge of Jesus Christ. There is a reckless abandonment about him. The Holy Spirit is determined that we shall realize Jesus Christ in every domain of life, and He will bring us back to the same point again and again until we do. Self-realization leads to the enthronement of work; whereas the saint enthrones Jesus Christ in his work. Whether it be eating or drinking or washing disciples feet, whatever it is, we have to take the initiative of realizing Jesus Christ in it. Every phase of our actual life has its counterpart in the life of Jesus. Our Lord realized His relationship to the Father even in the most menial work. "Jesus knowing . . . that He was come from God, and went to God . . . took a towel . . . and began to wash the disciples' feet."

The aim of the spiritual saint is "that I may know Him." Do I know Him where I am to-day? If not, I am failing Him. I am here not to realize myself, but to know Jesus. In Christian work the initiative is too often the realization that something has to be done and I must do it. That is never the attitude of the spiritual saint, his aim is to secure the realization of Jesus Christ in every set of circumstances he is in.


sammie said...

About 1 month ago a woman stopped me in a parking lot and asked me for money for gas. She looked rough and I was afraid so I did not give her money right then. As I drove away Chloe was heart sick and wanted to turn around and get her gas, so we did turn around but could not find her. Today I'm in a parking lot and this guy comes up to me and says he's out of gas and needs some money, I only have 2 dollars on me to give, so I give it to him, because I'm wondering what he's going to do with it. Later I wished I would of taken him to his car and bought him a gas can, and 10 more dollars of gas. God has been impressing on me to give, its not my job to worry what they are going to do with it, thats between them and God, its my job to give. Even when I do not really have it to give, when the situation presents its self, He wants me to give till it hurts. I know now that I will feel better for it. Theres always a lesson going on.