Monday, July 24

Oswald Chambers

Oswald Chambers, Scottish Bible teacher, missionary, and author was born in 1874 on this day. His best-selling book, My Utmost for His Highest, was published shortly after his death in 1917--he had been serving British troops in Egypt during the First World War. The book remains the most popular daily devotional guide in print more than three quarters of a century later.

The devotion for today is particularly apt:

The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the supernatural grace of God. The only thing that exceeds right-doing is right-being. Jesus Christ came to place within anyone who would let Him a new heredity that would have a righteousness exceeding that of the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus is saying, "If you are My disciple, you must be right not only in your actions, but also in your motives, your aspirations, and in the deep recesses of the thoughts of your mind." Your motives must be so pure that God Almighty can see nothing to rebuke. Who can stand in the eternal light of God and have nothing for Him to rebuke? Only the Son of God, and Jesus Christ claims that through His redemption He can place within anyone His own nature and make that person as pure and as simple as a child. The purity that God demands is impossible unless I can be remade within, and that is exactly what Jesus has undertaken to do through His redemption.

No one can make himself pure by obeying laws. Jesus Christ does not give us rules and regulations— He gives us His teachings which are truths that can only be interpreted by His nature which He places within us. The great wonder of Jesus Christ’s salvation is that He changes our heredity. He does not change human nature— He changes its source, and thereby its motives as well.


Suzi said...

Thank you for this wonderful reminder. My Utmost was my first devotional book and it is still just about my favorite. Only Spurgeon's Morning and Evening, which you also introduced me to, gets more wear and tear in our home.

Delmar Smith said...

So, is this the devotional you most recommend? I was under the impression from a previous blog that you used the Spurgeon devotional.

Kurt B. said...

Thanks for the reminder, now in my 15th year of reading.

Eleganza Strings/ The DeLadurantey Family said...

Dr. Grant,
In a lecture you gave at the Vision Forum's World History Mega Conference you mentioned The City of God by St. Augustine. Which translation did you recommend? I know he was from England but don't recall the translator's name. If anyone else has the answer to my question please comment back.
Thank you,