This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.
Try and develop a holy life in private, and you find it cannot be done. Individuals can only live the true life when they are dependent on one another. …
In the early Middle Ages people had the idea that Christianity meant living a holy life apart from the world and its sociability, apart from its work and citizenship. That type of holiness is foreign to the New Testament; it cannot be reconciled with the records of the life of Jesus. The people of His day called Him “the Friend of publicans and sinners” because He spent so much time with them.
From Biblical Ethics
Jesus never told us to stay, but to go.
He didn’t tell us to separate, but to season and shine.
We cannot influence people from a distance. We must live and work and interact where they are.
Jesus taught us: “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Jesus prayed for us: “My prayer is not that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one. … As You sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (John 17:15, 18)
I must be around people who need to see The Light.