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THE BIG COMPELLING OF GOD (My Utmost for His Highest -August 3rd)

Good News Broadcasting & Multimedia - Online Christian MediaBehold, we go up to Jerusalem.” Luke 18:31

Jerusalem stands in the life of Our Lord as the place where He reached the climax of His Father’s will. “I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me.” That was the one dominating interest all through our Lord’s life, and the things He met with on the way, joy or sorrow, success or failure, never deterred Him from His purpose. “He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.”

The great thing to remember is that we go up to Jerusalem to fulfil God’s purpose, not our own. Naturally, our ambitions are our own; in the Christian life we have no aim of our own. There is so much said to-day about our decisions for Christ, our determination to be Christians, our decisions for this and that, but in the New Testament it is the aspect of God’s compelling that is brought out. “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you.” We are not taken up into conscious agreement with God’s purpose, we are taken up into God’s purpose without any consciousness at all. We have no conception of what God is aiming at, and as we go on it gets more and more vague. God’s aim looks like missing the mark because we are too short sighted to see what He is aiming at. At the beginning of the Christian life we have our own ideas as to what God’s purpose is – ‘I am meant to go here or there,’ ‘God has called me to do this special work’; and we go and do the thing, and still the big compelling of God remains. The work we do is of no account, it is so much scaffolding compared with the big compelling of God. “He took unto Him the twelve,” He takes us all the time. There is more than we have got at as yet.

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1 Comment for “THE BIG COMPELLING OF GOD (My Utmost for His Highest -August 3rd)”

  1. We make a birthday cake for Jesus and sing him Happy Birthday on Christmas day. We also like to play St. Nicholas and do a few crihaty projects (buy maternity clothes for the pregnancy center, find coats for the coat drives, canned goods for the local food pantry, etc.)

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