“That is where the battle is truly fought— in the realm of your will before God. Are you more devoted to your idea of what Jesus wants than to Jesus Himself?” Oswald Chambers, August 18
Like the point of an arrow, this question strikes at the heart where the battle at least at one time raged in the deepest thought of every believer. Too many people who claim to be Christ-followers have sorrowfully answered the question with their own ideas or mimicked the sounds of their particular culture.
Sadly, I’ve spent too many days thinking such duty is appropriate. Instead, I belong where I embrace His way as the only way, even when He has asked the hard questions about my motivations.
The result has been discouragement. Chambers defines discouragement as “disillusioned self-love, and self-love may be love for my devotion to Jesus–not love for Jesus Himself.”
So what will be the outcome in my mind? Will the transformation of my will to His will and way be that of His life poured out through me like living water to a parched soul or will I attempt to advertise my devotion to Him with “sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal”?
Will I receive the hard questions He asks about my motives and respond with greater faith or will I simply give the rote answers of my religious brand?
O Lord may the genuineness of Your life be my life today.