It’s no great secret that I just happen to put Oswald Chambers on my top “fave’s” list. Not just theologically, but personally. His dependence and reference to Scripture coupled with his uncanny ability to extract its meaning, purpose, and context and insert it into our everyday journey – is amazing. All the while, Chambers redirects everything back to God and forces us to recognize that the real Teacher, the authentic Leader, the only Director – is the Holy Spirit. It is for this reason that I feel convinced that his “works” are gems. Certainly not to be elevated to that of Scripture, but among the best a disciple of Jesus Christ, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, in a supportive resource to God’s Word, has ever given. A treasure to be sure.
In today’s devotional, “My Utmost for His Highest,” for January 10, there is one line that I wish to include here. It seemed to stand out as I read it the first time, the second time, and the third time. It’s one of those that we, as Christ-followers, can overlook, skip through, or ignore. Yet, it is a statement that we must intentionally “keep out front” – as the saying goes. Here it is, and it concerns being a disciple: “Our job as workers for God is to open people’s eyes so that they may turn themselves from darkness to light.”
He is the Savior. He saves. He sanctifies. Our role in it all is to help people realize that conversion is possible, that conversion is necessary. Our job is to be eye openers. As such, we are in essence “light illuminators” that shine in the darkness – to show others the wonderful light that God has shed abroad, even into our very hearts and lives, giving all glory and honor to Him Who is worthy. With this, let’s be His light today. Let’s purposefully and whole heartedly decide to be His light, especially in the darkest situations and life circumstances. Perhaps there is that darkness hovering over something today in your life? Maybe you know family and friends who are in the middle of something? The fact is, there is much darkness – one does not have to look far. With this, let us take Acts 26, vv.17-18 with us into all of today’s appointments, gatherings, meetings, and conversations: “I now send you, to open their eyes . . . that they may receive forgiveness of sins . . .” Let this be an encouragement to you, and may we be disciplined to truly be His light distributors.
Blessings and joy to you!