Sunday, July 10, 2011

from "my utmost for his highest"

"Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together . . . "
Hebrews 10:24-25

"We are all capable of being spiritually lazy saints. We want to stay off the rough roads of life, and our primary objective is to secure a peaceful retreat from the world. The ideas put forth in these verses from Hebrews 10 are those of stirring up one another and of keeping ourselves together. Both of these require initiative— our willingness to take the first step toward Christ-realization, not the initiative toward self-realization. To live a distant, withdrawn, and secluded life is diametrically opposed to spirituality as Jesus Christ taught it.

The true test of our spirituality occurs when we come up against injustice, degradation, ingratitude, and turmoil, all of which have the tendency to make us spiritually lazy.

While being tested, we want to use prayer and Bible reading for the purpose of finding a quiet retreat. We use God only for the sake of getting peace and joy. We seek only our enjoyment of Jesus Christ, not a true realization of Him. This is the first step in the wrong direction. All these things we are seeking are simply effects, and yet we try to make them causes.

“Yes, I think it is right,” Peter said, “. . . to stir you up by reminding you . . .” (2 Peter 1:13). It is a most disturbing thing to be hit squarely in the stomach by someone being used of God to stir us up— someone who is full of spiritual activity. Simple active work and spiritual activity are not the same thing. Active work can actually be the counterfeit of spiritual activity.
The real danger in spiritual laziness is that we do not want to be stirred up— all we want to hear about is a spiritual retirement from the world. Yet Jesus Christ never encourages the idea of retirement— He says, “Go and tell My brethren . . .” (Matthew 28:10)."
oswald chambers

5 comments:

  1. Love this devotional. He is so hard core and right on.

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  2. i wish you were closer! i need a good kick n the pants weekly. :-/
    this is beautiful friend!
    xxO

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  3. i love me some oswald! thanks for this, friend
    <3

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    Kris

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  5. Funny....the hubs n I were just talking about a portion of this earlier today. How in seeking a secure peaceful retreat (from the world) & in fear of making mistakes many end up with the unlived live for Christ. How sad! While comfort is nice....we don't want that to be us!

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