It is the Process that Glorifies God   4 comments

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This is from the blog Sermons and Soda Water:

First published in 1927, My Utmost for His Highest has been a staple of daily readings for Christians ever since. Sometimes challenging to cherished theological views it is always, at least in my experience, equally challenging to cherished sins and struggling disciples.

Here is July 28th’s reading (with empasis added),
‘After obedience-what?’.

‘We are apt to imagine that if Jesus Christ constrains us, and we obey him, He will lead us to great success. We must never put our dreams of success as God’s purpose for us; His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have an idea that God is leading us to a particular end, a desired goal; He is not. The question of getting to a particular end is a mere incident. What we call the process, God calls the end.

What is my dream of God’s purpose? His purpose is that I depend on him and on His power now. If I can stay in the middle of the turmoil calm and unperplexed, that is the end of the purpose of God. God is not working towards a particular finish; His end is the process–that I see Him walking on the waves, no shore in sight, no success, no goal, just the absolute certainty that it is all right because I see Him walking on the sea. It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God.

God’s training is for now, not presently. His purpose is for this minute, not for something in the future. We have nothing to do with the afterwards of obedience. What men call training and preparation, God calls the end.

God’s end is to enable me to see that He can walk on the chaos of my life just now. If we have a further end in view, we do not pay sufficient attention to the immediate present; but if we realize that obedience is the end, then each moment as it comes is precious.’

From Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Reckless Abandon
Contrary to Common Sense
Time, Timelessness and Jesus Christ
Rejoice because you are rightly related to Me

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4 responses to “It is the Process that Glorifies God

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  1. The process is always critical to the goal – but there is a goal, there is a defined purpose in all that God does… But without walking in and yielding to the processing of God we will never obtain His end and purpose…

    Paul had a Mark – a purpose to which he had abandoned his life to. He had not apprehended it fully yet he was mindful of the one thing and was in full pursuit of “pressing toward the mark…” He was running to “obtain” the call and purpose of God. “So run that ye may obtain”

    “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
    11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
    12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
    13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
    14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
    15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”

    Blessings
    Brian

  2. the one thing I would differ on Tim is that there is an end / goal – our being conformed to the image of His Son. Paul strove to achieve that high calling saying that he hadn’t reached the finish line yet but focused on finishing the race in order to hear
    “well done good and faithful servant”. A wise brother shared, and I’ve since had it confirmed by a sister who doesn’t know him. that Father YAH who is Light and in Him is no darkness at all, wants to see when we seek and come into His presence, that the shadow we cast in His light, is His image.

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