Thursdays With Oswald―Utterly Unwonderful & Ordinary

Oswald ChambersThis is a periodic 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.

Utterly Unwonderful & Ordinary

     What the natural reason would call an anti-climax is the very climax of God’s supernatural grace whereby a man having going through the most wonderful experience, emerges and lives an unwonderful, ordinary life. … 

     It is one thing to go through a crisis grandly, but a different thing to go through every day glorifying God where there is no witness, no limelight, and no one paying the remotest attention to you. … 

     It takes God’s incarnated Spirit to make you so absolutely humanely His that you are utterly unnoticeable.

From Not Knowing Where

I love the story of George Washington’s life. After having given so much in service to the newly-formed United States of America, his greatest desire was to return to a common, ordinary life, out of the spotlight.

Too many times we think that becoming a more mature Christian means that God is going to give us a bigger platform, or a more visible place to minister. But as Oswald Chambers shows through the life of Abraham, after his obedience to give up his son Isaac, he led a very “unwonderful, ordinary life.”

Some thoughts I’m pondering―

  • Am I willing to continue to follow God in the ordinariness of life? Or do I need to always have a crisis?
  • Is God more precious to me in the routine day-to-day living? Or do I need to have to be in a life-or-death struggle to know His promises and power are true?

Christian maturity is allowing God to give me a “humanely… unwonderful, ordinary life” that glorifies Him.

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