I read this devotional today from Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for the Highest". I found it to be very inspirational but wondered what you might think about it's content. So many today really want to preach Christianity Light and ignore the proper treatment of what we call the "Wrath of God"...and too many want to ignore the Cross and what it means altogether. In the late 1700's a great Puritan Preacher named Jonathan Edwards said this in a message he delivered entitled "In the Hands of an Angry God"... "There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment out of hell, but
the mere pleasure of God. By the MERE pleasure of God, I mean his
SOVEREIGN pleasure, his arbitrary will, restrained by no obligation,
hindered by no manner of difficulty."
"O Lord, your hand is lifted
high, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people
and be put to shame; let the fire reserved for your enemies consume
them." Our God does love us...John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON..." but
also says... “26
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the
knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27
but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that
will consume the enemies of God. 28
Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the
testimony of two or three witnesses. 29
How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who
has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy
thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has
insulted the Spirit of grace? 30
For we know him who said, 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' and
again, 'The Lord will judge his people.' 31
It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” And Jesus said in LUKE
13:22-25... “22 Then
Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his
way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone
asked him, 'Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?' He said
to them, 24 'Make
every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell
you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once
the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand
outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' But he
will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'"
I want everyone to know Jesus Christ...and today I try to lift Him up...but I cannot ignore the cross and the blood shed...there is no other way to the Father except through the Cross...facing my sins and sinful nature...and acknowledging the blood-pain-and suffering it caused my Lord to endure FOR ME.
Oswald Chambers devotional follows...
"And I, if I am lifted up . . . will draw all peoples to Myself —John 12:32
Very few of us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the
Cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it.
What the world needs is not “a little bit of love,” but major surgery.
When you find yourself face to face with a person who is spiritually lost, remind yourself of Jesus Christ on the cross. If that person can
get to God in any other way, then the Cross of Christ is unnecessary. If
you think you are helping lost people with your sympathy and
understanding, you are a traitor to Jesus Christ. You must have a
right-standing relationship with Him yourself, and pour your life out in
helping others in His way— not in a human way that ignores God. The
theme of the world’s religion today is to serve in a pleasant,
non confrontational manner.
But our only priority must be to present Jesus Christ crucified— to lift Him up all the time (see 1 Corinthians 2:2). Every belief that is not firmly rooted in the Cross of Christ will lead
people astray. If the worker himself believes in Jesus Christ and is
trusting in the reality of redemption, his words will be compelling to
others. What is extremely important is for the worker’s simple
relationship with Jesus Christ to be strong and growing. His usefulness
to God depends on that, and that alone.
The calling of a New Testament worker is to expose sin and to reveal Jesus Christ as Savior. Consequently, he cannot always be charming and
friendly, but must be willing to be stern to accomplish major surgery.
We are sent by God to lift up Jesus Christ, not to give wonderfully
beautiful speeches. We must be willing to examine others as deeply as
God has examined us. We must also be sharply intent on sensing those
Scripture passages that will drive the truth home, and then not be
afraid to apply them." (Oswald Chambers)