Skip to comments.Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 16, 2012]
Posted on 10/16/2012 4:41:39 AM PDT by Vision
The key to the missionarys difficult task is in the hand of God, and that key is prayer, not work that is, not work as the word is commonly used today, which often results in the shifting of our focus away from God. The key to the missionarys difficult task is also not the key of common sense, nor is it the key of medicine, civilization, education, or even evangelization. The key is in following the Masters orders the key is prayer. “Pray the Lord of the harvest . . . .” In the natural realm, prayer is not practical but absurd. We have to realize that prayer is foolish from the commonsense point of view.
From Jesus Christs perspective, there are no nations, but only the world. How many of us pray without regard to the persons, but with regard to only one Person Jesus Christ? He owns the harvest that is produced through distress and through conviction of sin. This is the harvest for which we have to pray that laborers be sent out to reap. We stay busy at work, while people all around us are ripe and ready to be harvested; we do not reap even one of them, but simply waste our Lords time in over-energized activities and programs. Suppose a crisis were to come into your fathers or your brothers life are you there as a laborer to reap the harvest for Jesus Christ? Is your response, “Oh, but I have a special work to do!” No Christian has a special work to do. A Christian is called to be Jesus Christs own, “a servant [who] is not greater than his master” (John 13:16), and someone who does not dictate to Jesus Christ what he intends to do. Our Lord calls us to no special work He calls us to Himself. “Pray the Lord of the harvest,” and He will engineer your circumstances to send you out as His laborer.
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was born July 24, 1874, in Aberdeen, Scotland. Converted in his teen years under the ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, he studied art and archaeology at the University of Edinburgh before answering a call from God to the Christian ministry. He then studied theology at Dunoon College. From 1906-1910 he conducted an itinerant Bible-teaching ministry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan.
In 1910, Chambers married Gertrude Hobbs. They had one daughter, Kathleen.
In 1911 he founded and became principal of the Bible Training College in Clapham, London, where he lectured until the school was closed in 1915 because of World War I. In October 1915 he sailed for Zeitoun, Egypt (near Cairo), where he ministered to troops from Australia and New Zealand as a YMCA chaplain. He died there November 15, 1917, following surgery for a ruptured appendix.
Although Oswald Chambers wrote only one book, Baffled to Fight Better, more than thirty titles bear his name. With this one exception, published works were compiled by Mrs. Chambers, a court stenographer, from her verbatim shorthand notes of his messages taken during their seven years of marriage. For half a century following her husband's death she labored to give his words to the world.
My Utmost For His Highest, his best-known book, has been continuously in print in the United States since 1935 and remains in the top ten titles of the religious book bestseller list with millions of copies in print. It has become a Christian classic.
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Amen and amen!
Prayer! That is where the real work is done. Please, those of you who know of missionairies, PRAY FOR THEM! Pray as you turn a corner to go shopping that your missionRy will know whether to turn right or left. Turning right could lead them straight into a riot. Turning left will take them to safety. Often the distinction isn’t clear at the turning.
Pray! Pray when you pick out vegetables that your missionary will have fresh, clean vegetables. Improper food handling can lead to parasites and amoebas and other diseases. Pray that your missionary will be creative in fixing meals with often a dull sameness of provisions.
Pray! Discouragement easily sets in when the electicity doesn’t work, the internet is painfully slow and interruptions occur. Often a missionary will look back over the day’s agenda and although they were always busy with necessary and work-related task nothing on the list was accomplished.
And pray! Pray the missionary will be zealous in his own relationship with the Lord because it is only after we grasp God’s grace personally can we ever hope to offer God’s grace globally.