Below are a smattering of quotes from Oswalt Chambers, for the past two days. They are so convicting! This is the life God wants for us. Are you willing?
"Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is. The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness .... Do I believe I need to be holy? ...God has one destined end for mankind, holiness. His one aim is the production of saints. God is not an eternal blessing-machine for men; He did not come to save men out of pity: He came to save men because He had created them to be holy."
Jesus did not say, "He that believeth in Me shall realize the blessing of the fulness of God," but, "he that believeth in Me out of him shall escape everything he receives." Our Lord's teaching is always anti-self-realization.... His purpose is to make a man exactly like Himself, and the characteristic of the Son of God is self-expenditure .... Spiritually, we cannot measure our life by success, but only by what God pours through us, and we cannot measure that at all."
"It is time now to break the life, to cease craving for satisfaction, and to spill the thing. Our Lord is asking who of us will do it for Him?"
I know for some of my friends, this is hard to read, because you are already very hard on yourselves, and perhaps are already pouring out your lives for others. But Mr. Chambers's words are for those of us who, in our selfishness, have a hard time giving anything up. We want self-realization. We want personal happiness. We insist on our own goals for our lives. We say we are God's children, but we rebel against His will for us.
Self-expenditure. What an excellent reminder of what we should be about! How hard it is to do!