Wednesday, 31 January 2018

My Utmost for His Highest

Oswald Chambers is known as an incredible man of God and will long be remembered for his work 'My Utmost for His Highest.' This collection of devotions is still available today, years after Oswald passed away. There is even a digital version if ever you are interested in reading some of his thoughts.

One of the lines in his devotion for today hit home to me and I wanted to share this with you. He writes: "Personal holiness is an effect of redemption, not the cause of it. If we place our faith in human goodness we will go under when testing comes."

Our REDEMPTION (Salvation) should cause us to desire personal holiness, NOT be a goal we strive for after living a holy life. He makes the point that being 'good' is an effort to try and be holy, which in turn leads us to believe we are redeemed by God. Although this seems logical, it goes completely against the Truth of the matter - none of us will EVER be holy enough to enter heaven's gates. We only get to enter in because of what Christ has done for us.

He adds onto this initial thought the tough reality that if we live our lives on human effort, we will 'go under' when the time of testing comes.

Ephesians 1:7 - "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace."

What are your thoughts on this? Love to hear them.

Living in grace

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