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The Spiritually Self-Seeking Church

My Utmost for His Glory


Till all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of  the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ… -Ephesians 4:13 Reconciliation means the restoring of the relationship between the entire human race and God, putting it back to what God designed it to be. This is what Jesus Christ did in redemption. The church ceases to be spiritual when it becomes self-seeking, only interested in the development of its own organization. The reconciliation of the human race according to His plan means realizing Him not only in our lives individually, but also in our lives collectively. Jesus Christ sent apostles and teachers for this
very purpose— that the corporate Person of Christ and His church, made up of many members, might be brought into being and made
known. We are not here to develop a spiritual life of our own, or to enjoy a quiet spiritual retreat. We are here to have the full realization of Jesus Christ, for the purpose of building His body. Am I building up the body of Christ, or am I only concerned about my own personal development? The essential thing is my personal relationship with Jesus Christ— “. . . that I may know Him. . .” Philippians 3:10. To fulfill God’s perfect design for me requires my total surrender— complete abandonment of myself to Him. Whenever I only want things for myself, the relationship is distorted. And I will suffer great humiliation once I come to acknowledge and understand that I have not really been concerned about realizing Jesus Christ Himself, but only concerned with knowing what He has done for me. My goal is God Himself, not joy nor peace, Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God. Am I measuring my life by this standard or by something less?


Many of us have read and re-read the best-selling devotional book of the 20th century, Oswald Chamber’s classic, My Utmost for His Highest. But it might surprise you to realize that Chambers never sat down to write this devotional classic. Instead, after his death at age 43, his wife transcribed a series of Chambers’ talks given to young people. Some of those talks were from his time serving as a military 
chaplain in World War I in Egypt. Others came from a few years prior, when Chambers taught at the Bible Training College he founded in Clapham, London. Even-though the book wasn’t written in the traditional way, it has inspired countless Christians to a closer walk with Christ and to the habit of early morning devotions. Chambers believed that as we focus on abiding in Christ, being identified with Him, and conforming our wills to His, we become a living sacrament of his grace. Chambers was such a living epistle and we would do well to imitate him as he imitated Christ—giving our utmost for His highest.

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