Tuesday, June 21

only in Christ

"Are we prepared to purposely disregard ourselves and to launch out into the priestly work of prayer? The continual inner-searching we do in an effort to see if we are what we ought to be generates a self-centered, sickly type of Christianity, not the vigorous and simple life of a child of God. Until we get into this right and proper relationship with God, it is simply a case of our "hanging on by the skin of our teeth," although we say, "What a wonderful victory I have!" Yet there is nothing at all in that which indicates the miracle of redemption. Launch out in reckless, unrestrained belief that the redemption is complete. Then don’t worry anymore about yourself, but begin to do as Jesus Christ has said, in essence, "Pray for the friend who comes to you at midnight, pray for the saints of God, and pray for all men." Pray with the realization that you are perfect only in Christ Jesus, not on the basis of this argument: "Oh, Lord, I have done my best; please hear me now." How long is it going to take God to free us from the unhealthy habit of thinking only about ourselves? We must get to the point of being sick to death of ourselves, until there is no longer any surprise at anything God might tell us about ourselves. We cannot reach and understand the depths of our own meagerness. There is only one place where we are right with God, and that is in Christ Jesus."
Oswald Chambers

1 comment:

  1. ...you are lovin ya some Chambers lately, aren't ya? I know...I love it too.

    "...understand the depths of our own meagerness." Meagerness: deficient in richness or vigor. I must become sick of myself and my complacency (lack of vigor) before I can be set free into victory, to being right with Christ Jesus. When will we (I) let go of ourselves (myself) and let our (my)prayers be those begging for redemption - becoming a simple prayer not of selfish blessing, but one wholly seeking God - that's it - nothing else - desiring Him - no blessings - just Him. Just Him.