Bible Ballistics: “BBs”#75 In or Out???
One of my favorite Christian authors is Oswald Chambers. He was a man of such godly insight and his devotional book, ‘My Utmost for His Highest’, is at the top of my favorites list. I have been pondering some of his observations in recent days and thought I’d share a few things that I have been considering in my life, hoping they will be an encouragement to you.
Does my life express true dependence upon God, in my everyday life? Or have I allowed the interruptions of life to keep me distracted continuously? Am I living ‘out’ what’s ‘in’?
Philippians 2:12-13 are familiar verses, but I’d like us to consider them again today.
“ Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
Paul admonishes his ‘beloved’, which includes us today, to ‘work out’ what God has ‘worked in’!! We are empowered to follow Jesus, and yield to Him through the Holy Spirit: which is given to us by the New Covenant of Christ’s blood. The indwelling Holy Spirit empowers holy living. There truly is ‘Power in the Blood’. Power for living!!!
And what has God ‘worked in’? Romans 5, tells us that the “…love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us…..” The Holy Spirit enables us to ‘work out’ that which God, by this same Spirit (See John 1:12-13), has ‘worked in’ us, by the blood of Jesus. We can ‘work out’ what God has put in, because He gave us His Holy Spirit to “conform us to the image of His son” (See Ro. 8:28-29). We are able to live out ‘Jesus’ in us before the world. To be the reflection of our Lord to a lost and dying world!! (Remember John 14:6, “..the life…”)
1 Corinthians 2:10,16, “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God……16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.” (Note the contrast here—who can know God and instruct Him? NO one!! But God has given His children His Spirit to reveal Himself to our hearts. Take some time today and read 1 Corinthians 1&2)
So? Here’s our shot for today.
“Walk in the Spirit”!!
“Live in the Spirit”!!
Or Blanche’s paraphrase,
‘let that which God has done for you on the inside,
be evident to the world that sees the outside’.
Determine to let Jesus shine—
even on those cloudy days—
let what’s in—