First Things @ First
As we continue to pray toward a revival of first love passion, I pray that God designs might become all we desire to do in our daily journey of faith.
As God continues to adjust our thinking through a deeper awareness of His perfect purpose for our life, the one thing we must not forget is the absolute necessity of daily surrender to God.
That principle practice was reinforced for me last week when in reading from several sources of information God directed me to one of the older and yet still proven. The name of the source is Oswald Chambers. Many of you I'm sure have some of his devotional work. It was in reading the words that follow that God provided a timely reminder that, if followed will reset us for enduring service.
The title of the devotional is 'the destitution of service'. I urge each of you to listen to the heart of a true servant of God who loves Jesus and loves others to Jesus! Chambers begins with the word of God as given under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through the man we have come to know as the Apostle Paul. The text is 2 Corinthians 12:15.
Warning--(Better buckle your seat belt! Things might get a little bumpy for just a few minutes)
"And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved." 2 Corinthians 12:15.
"Natural love expects some return, but Paul says— ‘I do not care whether you love me or not, I am willing to destitute myself completely, not merely for your sake, but that I may get you to God.’ (READ THAT OPENING STATEMENT FROM PAUL AGAIN)
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor. I do not care with what extravagance I spend myself, and I will do it gladly.’
The ecclesiastical idea of a servant of God is not Jesus Christ’s idea. His idea is that we serve Him by being the servants of other men. Jesus Christ out-socialists the socialists. He says that in His Kingdom he that is greatest shall be the servant of all. The real test of the saint is not preaching the gospel, but washing disciples’ feet, that is, doing the things that do not count in the actual estimate of men, but count everything in the estimate of God. (emphasis.- mine)
Paul delighted to spend himself out for God’s interests in other people, and he did not care what it cost. We come in with our economical notions— ‘Suppose God wants me to go there—what about the salary? What about the climate? How shall I be looked after? A man must consider these things.’ All that is an indication that we are serving God with a reserve. The apostle Paul had no reserve. Paul focuses Jesus Christ’s idea of a New Testament saint in his life, viz.: not one who proclaims the Gospel merely, but one who becomes broken bread and poured-out wine in the hands of Jesus Christ for other lives." (end)
Is the thing you are doing for the Lord in association with His church a joyful thing OR is it some other 'thing' that motivates and moves you?
Okay, think it's safe to unbuckle our seat belts now. It will make it easier to bend our knee as we bow our hearts in humility so that what we decide going forward is more in His honor than our own.
God's best along the journey,
Chambers, O. (1986). My utmost for his highest: Selections for the year. Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering.