Friday, May 18, 2007

Careful Unreasonableness

Oswald Chambers' famous book "My Utmost for His Highest" has followed me from high school, through college, overseas, through years of moves, and until now as a mama at home. Every morning when I read his insight, I am always pointed to Jesus. Don't you just love people like that? Today's entry was so good that I just had to share it with you!

"Behold the fowls of the air"..."Consider the lilies of the field" Matthew 6:26,28

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars and the moon--all these are, and what a ministration they exert. So often we mar God's designed influence through us by our self-conscious effort to be consistent and useful. Jesus says that there is only one way to develop spiritually, and that is by concentration on God. "Do not bother about being of use to others; believe on Me"--pay attention to the Source, and out of you will flow rivers of living water. We cannot get at the springs of our natural life by common sense, and Jesus is teaching that growth in spiritual life does not depend on our watching it, but on concentration on our Father in heaven. Our heavenly Father knows the circumstances we are in, and if we keep concentrated on Him we will grow spiritually as the lilies.
The people who influence us most are not those who buttonhole us and talk to us, but those who live their lives like the stars in the heaven and the lilies of the field, perfectly simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mould us.
If you want to be of use to God, get rightly related to Jesus Christ and He will make you of use unconsciously every minute you live.


Anonymous said...

So what does this mean "get rightly related to Jesus"? I am very intrigued by this post and would like to know more.

melanie said...

this is a great reminder. oswald chambers always speaks such powerful truth to my heart. thanks for posting this. i needed it.

L.L. Barkat said...

I love that thought at the end about living perfectly simply and unaffectedly. Yes, I want to be like a lily of the field. But this, of course, will mean contentment in God's simple gifts to me.

Anonymous said...

I haven't read any of Oswald Chambers books, but am inspired to try and get his book "My Utmost for His Highest" from the library. I too, love that thought at the end about those who live their lives perfectly simply and unaffectedly, are the lives that mould us. What a beautiful thought and with God's grace, something I will try and strive for!