November 21, 2011

Absolutley Humanly His


"So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God."  --1 Corinthians 10:31 amp

"And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him." --Colossians 3:17 amp
An excerpt from Oswald Chambers' My Utmost For His Highest:
In the scriptures, the great miracle of the incarnation slips into the ordinary life of a child; the great miracle of transfiguration fades into the demon-possessed valley below; the glory of the resurrection descends into a breakfast on the seashore.  This is not an anticlimax, but a great revelation of God.

We have a tendency to look for wonder in our experience, and we mistake heroic actions for real heroes.  It's one thing to go through a crisis grandly, yet quite another to go through every  day glorifying God when there is no witness, no lime-light, and no one paying even the remotest attention to us.  If we are not looking for halos, we at least want something that will make people say, "What a wonderful man of prayer he is!" or, "What a great woman of devotion she is!"  If you are properly devoted to the Lord Jesus, you have reached the lofty height where no one would ever notice you personally.  All that is noticed is the power of God coming through you all the time.

We want to be able to say, "Oh, I have had a wonderful call from God!"  But to do even the most humbling tasks to the glory of God takes the Almighty God Incarnate working in us.  To be utterly unnoticeable requires God's Spirit in us making us absolutely humanly His.  The true test of a saint's life is not successfulness but faithfulness on the human level of life.  We tend to set up success in a Christian work as our purpose, but our purpose should be to display the glory of God in human life, to live a life "hidden with Christ in God" in our everyday human conditions (Colossians 3:3).  Our human relationships are the very conditions in which the ideal life of God should be exhibited.



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