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.
The One God Uses
Missionary enterprise, to be Christian, must be based on the passion of obedience, not on the pathos of pity. … In the New Testament the emphasis is not on the needs of men, but on the command of Christ, “Go ye.” …
Any sense that the cause of Christ will be benefited if I give myself to it, or any trace of listening to the suggestion of others that I should be of value in my Lord’s service, receives no encouragement from Jesus. …
What is the test we put first for work at home or abroad? Sentimentally, we put the call of God first, but actually we are inclined to fix on the abilities of certain people. Our Lord pays not the remotest attention to natural abilities or natural virtues; He heeds only one thing—Does that man discern Who I am? does he know the meaning of My Cross? The men and women Jesus Christ is going to use in His enterprises are those in whom He has done everything. …
The one who says “Yes, Lord, but…” is always the one who is fiercely ready, but never goes. …
Beware of the inclination to dictate to God as to what you will allow to happen if you obey Him.
From So Send I You
God uses specific people for His service. They are ones who are:
- Obedient to His call to “Go”
- Changed from the inside out by Christ’s Atonement
- Quick to follow
- Not dictating to God the “where” or “when” or even the outcome of their obedience
Are you one whom God can use?