He Shall Glorify Me (book review)

He Shall Glorify MeI am continually astounded at the insight Oswald Chambers has on the Scripture and its practical applications to our lives! In He Shall Glorify Me, Chambers elaborates on the immensely important role the Holy Spirit plays in the lives of Christians.

The title of the book is taken from a statement Jesus made about the Holy Spirit: He will glorify Me because it is from Me that He will receive what He will make known to you (John 16:14, emphasis added). Chambers begins with the advent of the Holy Spirit, leads us through a thorough doctrine of the Spirit, and then shares practical applications for Spirit-directed living.

These were originally lectures he gave at college, then they were turned into articles for a magazine, and finally complied into a book form. As far as we know, Oswald Chambers didn’t plan for these lectures to be published as a book, so he had no say in a proposed title. But the title—He Shall Glorify Me—is perfect, as every single lecture/chapter shows us how the Holy Spirit wants to bring out of our lives only what will bring glory to Jesus.

For anyone serious about allowing the Holy Spirit to work more deeply in their lives, He Shall Glorify Me is an indispensable resource.

Growing Pains

InterdependenceI remember when I was a teenager having such an ache in my legs at night. I’d be laying on my bed trying to sleep, but I couldn’t get comfortable because of that dull, unrelenting ache in my legs. I’d go ask my Mom what was going on, and her reply was simple: “Those are growing pains.”

In order to grow in any area of our lives—physically, emotionally, mentally, relationally—we have to go through a certain amount of pain. No pain, no gain. The process is not always a lot of fun, but that’s why we have to keep our eye on the goal. The process may not be something we like, but the end results will make the pain worth it.

You may not like dieting but you like the weight loss or lower cholesterol numbers, so you stick with it. You may not like saying “I’m sorry, I was wrong, please forgive me” but you like the healed relationship, so you say it.

Throughout the New Testament the phrase one another is frequently used to address how members of the Body of Christ should relate to each other. God desires that all of us operate interdependently with one another. In order to get there, we must get ready for some growing pains!

In Ephesians 4, Paul tells us what is required to get to a place of unity and maturity in the Church:

  • Be completely humble (the King James Version says lowliness). This Greek word means not letting our thoughts rise far from the ground. In other words, we are thinking of ourselves as God thinks of us, not independently, as a self-made man/woman, but viewing all of my success as God-appointed. This process toward interdependence starts in our thoughts, in our attitudes about ourselves and about others.
  • Gentle = strength under control. Gentleness says, “I could do this, but for your sake I won’t.”
  • Patient (KJV: longsuffering) interaction with others is allowing them the freedom to grow just as others allowed me the freedom to grow.
  • Bearing with one another in love. Think of a load-bearing wall in a building that is holding up the weight of the roof and walls. When we bear with one another we are helping to share the burdens.

Being humble with ourselves, and gentle and patient with others, is the way we go through the growing pains of bearing with one another in love. The process may not be a lot of fun, but the end result is something that glorifies God, that’s why we must stick with one another through all our growing pains.

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