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"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Monday, July 14, 2008

July 14, 2008

service and discipleship

"Jesus did not say to make converts to your way of thinking,
but He said to look after His sheep,
to see that they get nourished in the knowledge of Him.
We consider what we do in the way of Christian work as service,
yet Jesus Christ calls service to be what we are to Him,
not what we do for Him.
Discipleship is based solely on devotion to Jesus Christ,
not on following after a particular belief or doctrine.

Today we have substituted doctrinal belief for personal belief,
and that is why so many people are devoted to causes
and so few are devoted to Jesus Christ.
People do not really want to be devoted to Jesus,
but only to the cause He started.
Jesus Christ is deeply offensive to the educated minds of today,
to those who only want Him to be their Friend,
and who are unwilling to accept Him in any other way.
Our Lord’s primary obedience was to the will of His Father,
not to the needs of people—
the saving of people was the natural outcome
of His obedience to the Father.
If I am devoted solely to the cause of humanity,
I will soon be exhausted and come to the point
where my love will waver and stumble.
But if I love Jesus Christ personally and passionately,
I can serve humanity,
even though people may treat me like a "doormat."

The secret of a disciple’s life
is devotion to Jesus Christ,
and the characteristic of that life
is its seeming insignificance and its meekness.
Yet it is like a grain of wheat that "falls into the ground and dies"—
it will spring up and change the entire landscape ( John 12:24 )."
- Oswald Chambers
(My Utmost For His Highest)

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