Let Us Keep To The Point. Daily Devotional by Oswald Chambers
"My eager desire and hope being that I may never feel ashamed, but that now as ever I may do honour to Christ in my own person by fearless courage." Philippians 1:20 (MOFFATT)
My Utmost for His Highest. "My eager desire and hope being that I may never feel ashamed." We shal al feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus on the point He has asked us to yield to Him.
Paul says - "My determination is to be my utmost for His Highest." To get there is a question of wil , not of debate nor of reasoning, but a surrender of wil , an absolute and irrevocable surrender on that point.
An overweening consideration for ourselves is the thing that keeps us from that decision, though we put it that we are considering others.
When we consider what it wil cost others if we obey the cal of Jesus, we tel God He does not know what our obedience wil mean. Keep to the point; He does know.
Shut out every other consideration and keep yourself before God for this one thing only - My Utmost for His Highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and for Him alone.
My Undeterredness for His Holiness. "Whether that means life or death, no matter!" (v.21.) Paul is determined that nothing shal deter him from doing exactly what God wants. God's order has to work up to a crisis in our lives because we wil not heed the gentler way.
He brings us to the place where He asks us to be our utmost for Him, and we begin to debate; then He produces a providential crisis where we have to decide - for or against, and from that point the "Great Divide" begins.
If the crisis has come to you on any line, surrender your wil to Him absolutely and irrevocably.