Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Opportunities/Thinking


This is my devotion for this morning. I have a question abouts its true meaning. It is from my devotional by Oswald Chambers. As you will see he steps on my toes almost everyday.

Ministering in Everyday Opportunities.
Ministering in everyday opportunities that surround us does not mean that we select our own surroundings--it means being God's very special choice to be available for use in any of the seemingly random surroundings which He has engineered for us. The very character we exhibit in our present surrounding is an indication of what we will be like in other surrounding.
The things Jesus did were the most menial of everyday tasks, and this is an indication that it takes all of God's power in me to accomplish even the most common tasks in His way. Can I use a towel as He did? Towels, dishes, sandals, and all the other ordinary things in our lives reveal what we are made of more quickly than anything else. It takes God Almighty Incarnate in us to do the most menial duty as it ought to be done.
Jesus said, "I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you". Notice the kind of people that God brings around you, and you will be humiliated once you realize that this is actually His way of revealing to you the kind of person you have been to Him. Now He says we should exhibit to those around us exactly what He has exhibited to us.
Do you find yourself responding by saying, "Oh, I will do all that once I'm out on the mission field"? Talking in this way is like trying to produce the weapons of war while in the trenches of the battle field--you will be killed while trying to do it.
We have to go the "second mile" with God (see Matthew 5:41). Yet some of us become worn out in the first ten steps. Then we say, "Well, I'll just wait until I get closer to the next beg crisis in my life. " But if we do not steadily minister in everyday opportunities, we will do nothing when the crisis comes.
This is the statement that hit me hard.

"Notice the kind of people that God brings around you, and you will be humiliated once you realize that this is actually His way of revealing to you the kind of person you have been to Him."
Somebody please explain what this statement means to them. I tend to be an over thinker.
Please, tell me what you thought when you read this.
Thank you!

3 comments:

Nicki said...

My.......oh my...a little spechless, a little shocked, a little unsure about this one......I'm not sure that I agree with this and you know I'm an Oswald fan too, but this is something that first of all, I don't know if it's biblical....I can't really think of a scripture that tells me that the kind of people God brings into my life is how I treat God......in fact I don't really think I've ever heard that before.....and so if we are "doctors" we would be dealing with sick people all the time so do doctors make God feel sick??? I don't know.....just some random thoughts on this one!! Not quite sure how I feel about it. Have a great day though!! =)

MelanieJoy said...

hhhmmmmm....I'm not sure about this one. I think that there are times when I may be neglecting a relationship that when I realize it it makes me think how God must feel when I'm neglecting Him. I look around me today at work and wonder if that's so who did He send and why...if that is what Oswald is meaning here. Is it how I treat people or the way they treat me that he is talking about... I'm not sure how I feel about it either.
Hope you are feeling better!!!
Gotta get back to work- lunch is over =(

Denise said...

Wow, this is a tough one. Is this saying we should be more Christ like? I really need to think about this.