Sunday, April 01, 2007
Oswald Chambers on Abandonment
As I continue to read through Oswald Chambers "My Utmost for His Highest," I find these random nuggets that truly speak to me. God does use many things in our lives to touch us with His love, and most often, when we least expect it.

On March 13th, the following really spoke to me:

"...but salvation means that the Spirit of God has brought me into touch with God's personality, and I am thrilled with something infinitely greater than myself, I am caught up into the abandonment of God.... Abandonment never produces the consciousness of its own effort, because the whole life is taken up with the One to Whom we abandon. Beware of talking about abandonment if you know nothing about it, and you will never know anything about it until you have realized that John 3:16 means that God gave Himself absolutely. In our abandonment we give ourselves over to God just as God gave Himself for us, without any calculation. The consequence of abandonment never enters into our outlook because our life is taken up with Him." The Abandonment of God, March 13th

One of the biggest things that I struggle with daily is complete abandonment to God. The times that I wake up in the morning and "abandon" myself to Him, I live my day in a peace and comfort because I know that the Lord is guiding me and in all that I do, I am pleasing Him. When I do not "abandon" myself body, spirit, strength, and mind to the Lord, I struggle to understand the complexities of all that occurs around me. I struggle, because I am trying to have some control and decision over a life that is no longer my own, but my Lord Jesus Christ's. The problem, I am not acting like I am His.

You may take your walk with Christ each and every day, yet still seem to struggle, asking yourself, "I thought I was a Christian and gave my life to the Lord. Why is this so hard?" The answer may surprise you. Have you really abandoned yourself to God as He abandoned Himself to you?

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At 1:04 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Good reminder.

BTW, I wanted to let you know I really like the design Susie did for your blog. Looks great!

At 9:18 AM, Blogger JD said...

Thanks. She does good work. We struggled with it, but it worked out. Nice, clean, and male. :)



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