The following excerpt is taken from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.
“If we obey God, it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, and that is where the pain begins. If we are in love with our Lord, obedience does not cost us anything – it is a delight. But to those who do not love Him, our obedience does cost a great deal. If we obey God, it will mean that other people’s plans are upset. They will ridicule us as if to say, “You call this Christianity?” We could prevent the suffering, but not if we are obedient to God. We must let the cost be paid.
When our obedience begins to cost others, our human pride entrenches itself and we say, “I will never accept anything from anyone.” But we must, or disobey God. We have no right to think that the type of relationships we have with others should be any different from those the Lord Himself had. (Luke 8:1-3)
A lack of progress in our spiritual life results when we try to bear all the costs ourselves. And actually, we cannot. Because we are so involved in the universal purposes of God, others are immediately affected by our obedience to Him. Will we remain faithful in our obedience to God and be willing to suffer the humiliation of refusing to be independent? Or will we do just the opposite and say, “I will cause other people to suffer?” We can disobey God if we choose, and it will grieve our Lord. If, however, we obey God, He will care for those who have suffered the consequences of our obedience. We must simply obey and leave all the consequences with Him.
Beware of the inclination to dictate to God what consequences you would allow as a condition of your obedience to Him.”
This passage is like a doubled bladed sword for me… I want to be obedient, but I don’t want to think about the possible consequences. So I put conditions of my obedience in my heart. I may not speak them out loud, but God knows they are in my heart. I also want to have instant results, which usually only comes from being disobedient. However, those instant results or reactions always lead to more strife and hardship. The pleasure is short lived and still can not measure up to what I desire.
Tags: Chambers, Christ, Faithfulness, God, Joy, Obedience, sin
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