Here is the second part of the devotional by Oswald Chambers in ‘My Utmost For His Highest’. This carries on with the idea that not only are we to be holy but we are not here just to be blessed. We are here to live out our lives in such a way that reflect that we are becoming like the Lord Jesus Christ more and more every day. Let us remember, today, that we are supposed to suffer with Christ — Philippians 3:10.
John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
“Jesus did not say — ‘he that believeth in Me, shall realize the blessing of the fulness of God,’ but — ‘he that believeth in Me out of him shall escape everything he receives.’ Our Lord’s teaching is always anti-self-realization. His purpose is to make a man exactly like Himself, and the characteristic of the Son of God is self-expenditure. If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain, but what He pours through us that counts. It is not that God makes us beautifully rounded grapes, but that He squeezes the sweetness out of us. Spiritually, we cannot measure our life by success, but only by what God pours through us, and we cannot measure that at all.
“When Mary of Bethany broke the box of precious ointment and poured it on Jesus’ head, it was an act for which no one else saw any occasion; the disciples said it was a waste. But Jesus commended Mary for her extravagant act of devotion, and said that wherever His gospel was preached ‘this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.’ Our Lord is carried beyond Himself with joy when He sees any of us doing what Mary did, not being set on this or that economy, but being abandoned to Him. God spilt (shed) the life of His Son that the world might be saved; are we prepared to spill (shed) out our lives for Him?
“‘He that believeth in Me out of him shall flow rivers of living water’ — hundreds of other lives will be continually refreshed. It is time now to break the life, to cease craving for satisfaction, and to spill the thing out. Our Lord is asking who of us will do it for Him?” By Oswald Chambers.
So I ask you now. Are you willing to pour out your life for the Lord? It’s easy to say yes, but to be committed even in the midst of hard times is very difficult and it means that you will have to pour out your life for the Lord. Are you willing to go even to the death for the One that died for your sins?