I’ve been reading Oswald Chamber’s devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, daily, and amazingly (to me), He’s talking to me.
The past two devos from Oswald have been concerning intercessional prayer, one of his most common topics. But one thing during these devos that has stood out to me is that the Christian is not to be concerned about himself.
Oswald says in today’s devo, “The continual inner-searching we do in an effort to see if we are what we ought to be generates a self-centered, sickly type of Christianity, not the vigorous and simple life of a child of God… Then don’t worry anymore about yourself, but begin to do as Jesus has said, in essence, ‘Pray for the friend who comes to you at midnight, pray for the saints of God, and pray for all men.’ “
Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, is a national best-seller and has been for years. It’s changed countless lives and, personally, I think it’s a tremendous book, a book which has opened my eyes.
However, after thinking about this devotional, and thinking about doing what Jesus did – following Him – I wondered if Jesus ever troubled Himself with his own purpose, or was He more concerned with others. He knew His purpose: to seek and to save that which was lost. He didn’t constantly worry about his purpose… He just did it… And it was all about others… Not about himself. Hmmm…
Now if I can just walk it like I talk it.