Tuesday, September 16, 2008
In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers addresses obedience to God in at least 177 of the daily devotions. Evidently he could see, in his own and the lives of the missionaries he taught, one of the biggest struggles we all have: to obey without regard to our own will.
It's fun to do the new and exciting; not so much fun to do the same old thing. Aren't we always wanting to jump headlong into the big important work for God, the ones that impress our observers?
How often have I wanted to volunteer, say yes to a new ministry, anything to feed my sense of importance...without pausing to ask the Lord first?
What happens when we don't respond properly? We get to learn the lesson again. When we don't exhibit patience, another situation requiring patience slaps us in the face. When we ignore the Spirit's urging to pray, we encounter a problem that drives us to our knees.
How simple our lives could be if we would subdue our natural urge to do things our way. If we didn't react to God's chastening with the attitude, "You may be forcing me to sit down, Lord...but I'm standing up on the inside," couldn't we sometimes avoid going back to learn submission all over again?
Honoring God with our attitude, the one we keep hidden behind the mask of our church faces, is the only way to walk in fellowship with Him. True fellowship with the One who loves us and died for us is the effect of a life surrendered.
Father, You are entirely worthy of all my best. Please guide my mind to remember my first love. Help me to be on fire for You so Your will becomes mine.
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