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PostSubject: My Utmost For His Highest - Dec. 20   Sat 20 Dec 2008, 22:05

long before there was 'A Purpose Driven Life' there was 'My Utmost For His Highest,' by Oswald Chambers.
is anybody else familiar with this book?
i have it and the page for this day really set me to thinking, so i thought i'd post it here for consideration.

'And I, if I am lifted up... will draw all peoples to myself.' [John 12:32]

Very few of us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it. What the world needs is not 'a little bit of love,' but major surgery.

When you find yourself face to face with a person who is spiritually lost, remind yourself of Jesus Christ on the cross. If that person can get to God in any other way, then the Cross of Christ is unnecessary. If you think you are helping lost people with your sympathy and understanding, you are a traitor to Jesus Christ. You must have a right-standing relationship with Him yourself, and pour your life out in helping others in His way - not in a human way that ignores God. The theme of the world's religion today is to serve in a pleasant, non-confrontational manner.

But our only priority must be to present Jesus Christ crucified - to lift Him up all the time [see 1 Corinthians 2:2]. Every belief that is not firmly rooted in the Cross of Christ will lead people astray. If the worker himself believes in Jesus Christ and is trusting in the reality of redemption, his words will be compelling to others. What is extremely important is for the worker's simple relationship with Jesus Christ to be strong and growing. His usefulness to God depends on that, and that alone.

The calling of a New Testament worker is to expose sin and to reveal Jesus Christ as Savior. Consequently, he cannot always be charming and friendly, but must be willing to be sterm to accomplish major surgery. We are sent by God to lift up Jesus Christ, not to give wonderfully beautiful speeches. We must be willing to examine others as deeply as God has examined us. We must also be sharply intent on sensing those Scripture passages that will drive the truth home, and then not be afraid to apply them.

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PostSubject: Re: My Utmost For His Highest - Dec. 20   Sat 20 Dec 2008, 22:36

Great post. Reminds me of something I heard said about the church recently.
"If society is happy as a whole with your church, your church is doing something wrong. Non-believers at a church service should feel convicted by the message, and seek salvation through Christ, or they should be offended and leave."
(kinda of paraphrasing there, but that is the jist of what I heard)

"I used to be indecisive.......... Now I'm not sure."
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PostSubject: Re: My Utmost For His Highest - Dec. 20   Mon 22 Dec 2008, 08:53

My mom and my sister read both in the book of Oswald Chambers.
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