God is calling us to lay down our lives with joyful abandonment…
WEEK 6 – Celebrating 100 Years of Oswald Chambers
VERSE: “The everlasting God….neither faints nor is weary.” Isaiah 40:28
OSWALD: “Jesus said to Peter, ‘Feed My sheep,’ but He gave him nothing with which to feed them (John 21:17). The process of being made broken bread and poured-out wine means that you have to be the nourishment for other people’s souls until they learn to feed on God. They must drain you completely— to the very last drop. But be careful to replenish your supply, or you will quickly be utterly exhausted.” (My Utmost for His Highest, February 9th – Updated)
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How It Spoke to Me…
Oh, how easy it is to resent the drawing, sucking, draining of our lives that Oswald speaks of in this entry.
Especially when it comes to ministry. But if we are to answer Christ’s call to “Feed My sheep,” we are going to have to offer our lives without conditions or stipulations as to what we are willing to do and how we are to be used by Him.
When John and I entered ministry thirty years ago, we followed a generation of pastors who had given their absolute all.
Many of them had lived in poverty, worked themselves to the bone and often, had very little in way of numbers to show that their sacrifice had made any difference at all. And yet, they would say, “I’d rather burn out for Jesus than rust out any day.”
It was admirable, even inspiring, to many of us who followed behind. And yet, the thought of burnout did seem a bit extreme. Surely there had to be a better way, we decided. A balance.
So we, a “wiser” generation, took the ministry pendulum and started to swing it the other way. Rather than burn out for Jesus, we decided to get our priorities straight. God, marriage, family, and then the church – that’s how we declared it should be (though to be honest, I struggle to find that concept in scripture.) [Read more…]