“No enthusiasm will ever stand the strain that Jesus Christ will put upon His worker, only one thing will, and that is a personal relationship to Himself which has gone through the mill of His spring-cleaning until there is only one purpose left--I am here for God to send me where He will.”
― Oswald Chambers
Only a relationship with God Himself, with ONE purpose, will be able to stand the strain of the life God has called us to in Him.
One purpose - God's will to be done...for me to go where He leads.
As I started thinking about this and what my relationship with Him looks like, I realized
one of the most important aspects in a relationship is for us to really know our position.
a child doesn't parent the mom and dad, an assistant coach doesn't lead the team alone….
Sadly, so often, this is what hurts my relationship with Christ….that I forget my position. My gaze slowly falls away from Him as my Father, Lord and Savior, Almighty Leader….my King.
It falls to me….me living my life, with a little help and guidance from my distant God. It lifts me up to the throne in my heart and Him down by my side as I ask Him to keep leading me.
But how can He when I'm on the throne?
The right relationship with my God is with me on my knees surrendered to Him on the throne of my heart and life.
He is so mighty, yet so close and affectionate. He is so fierce, yet so gentle. So just, yet so merciful….perfect in knowledge and understanding, full of all wisdom. He is one worthy to be praised and lifted up.
Worthy to lead me where He chooses.
If I am going to be captivated by Him and say "here I am, lead me where you will," I must believe He is worthy and capable and I must believe it is all worth me being kneeled and surrendered, sacrificed to Him…..that it's all worth me losing myself to gain a life in Him.
and honestly, doubt grips me far more than I realize or care to admit. I tend to fall back into the belief of Him being a distant, quiet God.
So not true.
To remind myself of how much bigger He actually is than myself and as a little kick in the rear to get myself off my throne and onto my knees, I like to take in a little bit of Job….
here's just a snippet…
"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
Or loose the cords of the Orion?
Can you lead forth a constellation in its season,
and guide the Bear with her satellites?
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens,
or fix their rule over the earth?
Can you life up your voice to the clouds,
so that an abundance of water will cover you?
Can you send forth lightnings that they may go
and say to you, 'Here we are?'
Who has put wisdom in the innermost being
or given understanding to the mind?
Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
or tip the water jars of the heavens
when the dust hardens into a mass
and the clods stick together?"
~ Job 38:31-38