Sunday, November 1, 2009

Going through the valley


Reading for November 1st from Oswald Chamber's My Utmost for His Highest:

YE ARE NOT YOUR OWN

"Know ye not that . . ye are not your own?" 1 Corinthians 6:19

There is no such thing as a private life - "a world within the world" - for a man or woman who is brought into fellowship with Jesus Christ's sufferings. God breaks up the private life of His saints, and makes it a thoroughfare for the world on the one hand and for Himself on the other. No human being can stand that unless he is identified with Jesus Christ. We are not sanctified for ourselves, we are called into the fellowship of the Gospel, and things happen which have nothing to do with us, God is getting us into fellowship with Himself. Let Him have His way, if you do not, instead of being of the slightest use to God in His Redemptive work in the world, you will be a hindrance and a clog.

The first thing God does with us is to get us based on rugged Reality until we do not care what becomes of us individually as long as He gets His way for the purpose of His Redemption. Why shouldn't we go through heartbreaks? Through those doorways God is opening up ways of fellowship with His Son. Most of us fall and collapse at the first grip of pain; we sit down on the threshold of God's purpose and die away of self-pity, and all so called Christian sympathy will aid us to our death bed. But God will not. He comes with the grip of the pierced hand of His Son, and says - "Enter into fellowship with Me; arise and shine." If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.

3 comments:

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

I love the O.C.

In my self-centered, self-focused nature, I sometimes get the idea that everything that happens around me or TO me has to do WITH me. O.C. reminds: "Things happen which have nothing to do with us." True, that.

Perfect song for this, too. Have a blessed day with Jesus.

Thanks for posting.

Joanne Sher said...

LOVE that last line. So poignant - I read OC too - tweeted that last line (in the modern English) earlier this morn. Have a blessed day.

Tina said...

Loved this one Katdish

My heart was broken by my heroin addicted son earlier this year ... the pain was almost beyond what I could bear. At times I literally felt a weight on my shoulders so heavy i walked slumped over. Yet through it all I saw Jesus .... it is my deepest desire that others will see Him too, in me ... in my son who while incarcerated at the moment, praises Jesus daily for healing and for hope .... even if nothing else happens, I do thank Him for my broken heart, for in the breaking it has become more full than I could ever imagine.

God Bless
Tina