Sunday, 18 May 2014

Careful unreasonableness

It's over 40 years since I first read My utmost for his highest, by Oswald Chambers. It's a daily devotional based upon Chambers' extensive teaching at theological college in the early part of the 20th century.

I infrequently dip into it now but generally find that his thinking is stimulating and creative. So for today, May 18th reflecting upon Matthew 6.26, 28
CAREFUL UNREASONABLENESS
"Behold the fowls of the air." . . . "Consider the lilies of the field." Matthew 6:26, 28

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they simply are!.....

The people who influence us most are not those who buttonhole us and talk to us, but those who live their lives like the stars in heaven and the lilies in the field, perfectly simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mould us.

If you want to be of use to God, get rightly related to Jesus Christ and He wil make you of use unconsciously every minute you live,
Like much stimulating teaching, Chambers is here reacting to an exteme, of trying too hard at living as a Christian,  and you have to be careful not to catapult to the other end. Thus he is not teaching, 'let go and let God' and a sort of Christan nihilism that simply gives no thought to growing as a believer, nor makes an effort (note Peter says, 'make every effort'  in 2 Peter 1.5), and does not live intentionally. No, he is reacting to the tendency to forget that we are (unequal) partners together with God, co-workers with him. We may plant etc, but it is always God who gives the fruit.



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