Saturday, 3 August 2013

My Utmost for His Highest

My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers is a book I re-read each year and these words of his are always relevant and remind me that really, my cup is overflowing and it's my business to be the wife, mother, friend and faithful servant He's called me to be, to leave the results to Him and to believe that what I do has eternal significance whether I get to see that in this life or not.

'The tendency is to look for the marvellous in our experience; we mistake the sense of the heroic for being heroes. It is one thing to go through a crisis grandly, but another thing to go through every day glorifying God when there is no witness, no limelight, no one paying the remotest attention to us.

Which are the people who have influenced us most? Not the ones who thought they did, but those who had not the remotest notion that they were influencing us. In the Christian life the implicit is never conscious, if it is conscious it ceases to have this unaffected loveliness which is the characteristic of the touch of Jesus. We always know when Jesus is at work because He produces in the commonplace something that is inspiring.

Is it not too extravagant to say that out of an individual believer rivers are going to flow? "I do not see the rivers," you say. Never look at yourself from the standpoint of - "Who am I? In the history of God's work you will nearly always find that it has started from the obscure, the unknown, the ignored, but the steadfastly true to Jesus Christ.'


Cindy Rollins said...


Cindy Rollins said...

Also this has my looking for my copy of My Utmost. I am finally reading Evening of the Morning and Evening Spurgeon books. I always read Morning and rarely got to Evening so this year I corrected that but as soon as I finish Evening, I am going to go back to My Utmost for His Highest.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I need to dig out my copy, too. Thanks for sharing this beautiful excerpt!

Beth in Mint Hill said...

Yes, I agree! This quote is so insightful. When I was a young Christian I used to keep looking for my "grand mission" in life, and I wanted the plan all laid out. But the metaphor of the stepping stones shrouded in fog that Edith Schaeffer describes in her book, L'abri, has stuck with me all of these years. So often the obedient life means just taking one step at a time, one day at a time, trusting that God does have the road laid out grandly, yet the fog just clears over one paver at a time.