More on Oswald Chambers

by sarahmfry, April 26, 2007
I'm not sure what the date is today, but I read 4/23 and 4/24 in My Utmost. I struggle to put into words how much his writing speaks to me. It's as if he is from the past and through his pages what my dear friend Wingrove Taylor is to me today. Spiritual mentors. Examples of holiness in its intended application. Voices who challenge and clarify and soothe because their message rings so incredibly true to the Spirit in me. They just get it.

Today's reading has so many meals in it I even hesitate to try to do them justice. But it's just too good not to comment.

April 23...the Worship of the Work.
"Beware of any work for God which enables you to evade concentration on Him."

and "A great many Christian workers worship their work."

and....the joy of having margin in your spiritual life! (Long before the wonderful book Margin was written...highly recommended by me for shaping your whole life philosophy.)

and ...the freedom!

Of living a life turned full-faced to God in worship, not in work. The work will, of course, follow. But God does not need my work. He wants my affection. I could go on and on, but it must speak to everyone in their own way. I fear I will wax obnoxious.

Then at the bottom was a little word of correction and caution for me concerning my future. I forget at times that having degrees or experience or children does not give me the "right" to dictate my future. Much of my future -- both near and long-term -- is a great mystery. I have been feeling His gentle hands chipping and shaping at my contentment level. I think that's a subject for another post, but I am reminded that I will be happiest when I roll down the windows and enjoy the ride.

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