Is This True of Me?

But I pass not at all, neither is my life dear unto myself, so that I may fulfill my course with joy, and the ministration which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the grace of God. – Acts 20:24 (GNV)

Is This True Of Me?

It is easier to serve or work for God without a vision and without a call, because then you are not bothered by what He requires. Common sense, covered with a layer of Christian emotion, becomes your guide. You may be more prosperous and successful from the world’s perspective, and will have more leisure time, if you never acknowledge the call of God. But once you receive a commission from Jesus Christ, the memory of what God asks of you will always be there to prod you on to do His will. You will no longer be able to work for Him on the basis of common sense.

What do I count in my life as “dear to myself”? If I have not been seized by Jesus Christ and have not surrendered myself to Him, I will consider the time I decide to give God and my own ideas of service as dear. I will also consider my own life as “dear to myself.” But Paul said he considered his life dear so that he might fulfill the ministry he had received, and he refused to use his energy on anything else. This verse shows an almost noble annoyance by Paul at being asked to consider himself. He was absolutely indifferent to any consideration other than that of fulfilling the ministry he had received. Our ordinary and reasonable service to God may actually compete against our total surrender to Him. Our reasonable work is based on the following argument which we say to ourselves, “Remember how useful you are here, and think how much value you would be in that particular type of work.” That attitude chooses our own judgment, instead of Jesus Christ, to be our guide as to where we should go and where we could be used the most. Never consider whether or not you are of use—but always consider that “you are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). You are His.

O Lord, by Your grace open my vision to You and Your infinite horizons, and take me into Your counsels regarding Your work in this place.

- Oswald Chambers

 

Jesus is Matchless

But of him ye are reborn in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, – 1 Corinthians 1: 30 (JUB)

Jesus is Matchless

More and more I am becoming aware of the truth that people change people as much as ideas change people. The power of personality is strong. One could find many illustrations to prove that often personality is greater than the idea. Such is the case with Christianity. The secret of the power of Christianity is not in its ethics. It is not in Christian ideas or philosophy, although Christianity has a philosophical set of ideas. The secret of Christianity is found in a Person, and that Person is the Lord Jesus Christ. Men have discovered other philosophical and ethical systems, but they have not found another Jesus Christ. No one in history can match Him.

Daily Prayer

When I tell others of Your love, help me to hide my personality in Yours, Lord Jesus.

- Billy Graham

 

“I Will Have a Joyful House of Praise.”

About four years ago I was in Mexico, on a mission’s trip. We were building houses and preaching the Gospel, seeing the sick healed, etc. It was a marvelous trip. Something happened on that trip that will never be forgotten by me. I saw Jesus for the first time. Even now just thinking about what I saw puts me at a whole new level of awe and reverence for Him. I also saw His army. It was an army of His children, and they, we, were going to change the world forever.

photofyLet me tell you the vision I had.

I saw an army marching straight ahead. They were of all different ages and backgrounds, completely focused – not looking to the right or to the left. There was a fleet of angels behind this army. They were big and they were glorious. Everyone was in perfect formation, no one was out of order. But then I begin to look closer and see the details of this army. It was the most joyful band of soldiers I had ever seen! The children lead the charge in the front lines, followed by the teenagers, young adults, adults, and angels. They were dancing and singing and praising the Lord. There was clapping and stomping and instruments being played. Banners were being waved. There were people on the sides dancing back and forth with colorful streamers. All of this was happening and no one fell out of formation.

Every place the army stepped foot on the demons fled. They kept pushing back the darkness. Finally it got to the point where the demons couldn’t retreat any further or they’d have to go into the ocean. But the army didn’t stop moving forward. As I looked up I saw Jesus leading the army. I only saw His back, but let me tell you it wrecked me. In His right hand was a scepter with what looked like a magnificent diamond on top. However, as I looked closer I saw that it wasn’t a diamond. It was light, refracting in millions of different rays and colors. It was Jesus who led this army. It was Jesus who this army focused on. It was because of Jesus that this army was so joyful and danced and praised.

As the army approached the sea line the waters began to part. No barrier would stop them. They would go to the ends of the earth, repeatedly if need be, to restore the reign of Jesus Christ.

A couple years ago the Lord told me, “I will have a joyful house of praise.” I am not alone in receiving this word, many have. He wants us to get it deep into our bones, for the joy of the Lord is our strength. As a Christian, know, this is what you are a part of. You are a part of God’s glorious army. It is an army of joy, peace, love, friendship, praise, dancing, freedom, laughter, color, and life. We will follow Him all of our days and because of that His kingdom will come and His will is going to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.