Skip to comments.Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 1, 2014]
Posted on 02/01/2014 4:27:20 PM PST by Vision
Paul states here that the call of God is to preach the gospel. But remember what Paul means by “the gospel,” namely, the reality of redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are inclined to make sanctification the goal of our preaching. Paul refers to personal experiences only by way of illustration, never as the end of the matter. We are not commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification we are commissioned to lift up Jesus Christ (see John 12:32). It is an injustice to say that Jesus Christ labored in redemption to make me a saint. Jesus Christ labored in redemption to redeem the whole world and to place it perfectly whole and restored before the throne of God. The fact that we can experience redemption illustrates the power of its reality, but that experience is a byproduct and not the goal of redemption. If God were human, how sick and tired He would be of the constant requests we make for our salvation and for our sanctification. We burden His energies from morning till night asking for things for ourselves or for something from which we want to be delivered! When we finally touch the underlying foundation of the reality of the gospel of God, we will never bother Him anymore with little personal complaints.
The one passion of Pauls life was to proclaim the gospel of God. He welcomed heartbreak, disillusionment, and tribulation for only one reason these things kept him unmovable in his devotion to the gospel of God.
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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God cares about our griefs, big and small. We don’t benefit through a false modesty that hides them behind our pride. But we need to offer all of them up to the Lord.
Sometimes biblical statements of the form “This, and not That” don’t imply either-or (as they might in the case of righteousness vs. sin), but relative importance. The That may be important, but the This is the overarching concern which gives the That its context.
its context => its proper context
Jesus told us to take our requests to God when He taught the disciples to pray. We are even to ask for something as mundane as our daily bread.
Putting these requests to God is not for HIS benefit, but to keep us aware of our dependency on Him.
He CARES for us and I do not believe that He considers when we pray for what concerns us, that it is bothering Him.
I agree. The most important thing IS the salvation of souls, but that does not mean the rest of it is unimportant, or that God doesn’t care about it.