Oswald Chambers on Service

It is one thing to go on the lonely way with dignified heroism, but quite another thing if the line mapped out for you by God means being a door-mat under other people’s feet. Suppose God wants to teach you to say, “I know how to be abased” – are you ready to be offered up like that?

Are you ready to be not so much as a drop in a bucket – to be so hopelessly insignificant that you are never thought of again in connection with the life you served?

Are you willing to spend and be spent; not seeking to be ministered unto, but to minister?

Some saints cannot do menial work and remain saints because it is beneath their dignity.”

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  1. Someone lent me a book by Oswald Chambers once. I found it fairly good, like the quote you display here.

    The only problem was that since he wrote about 100 years ago, his counsels do not clearly address the issues of our day. Perhaps the principles are the same, but people need to see them in the setting of their daily life, habits, thoughts, and ideas.

    For example, I would ask the question, “when are we to allow ourselves to be a doormat, and when are we to resist it, or walk away from it?”

    Jesus didn’t allow the Nazareth church to throw him over the cliff. It wasn’t time to be that kind of doormat. He knew this because of his deep understanding of the prophecies. This wasn’t the time. Three and a half years later, he knew it was the time, and he set his face to Jerusalem to be crucified.

    We can always examine ourselves and say, “am I ready to suffer for Christ’s sake?” But we must be sure that God is actually leading us into the suffering.

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