“The great need is not to do things, but to believe things.”
~ Oswald Chambers
This quote sure offered a lot of food for thought in my devotion this morning…
I thought about it throughout the day…
Oswald Chambers is not saying that it’s important to slow down and “Just be”, as we often hear these days. (Even though, yeah, I’m sure that’s necessary sometimes.)
But no this quote says so much more.
It says the great need <for the Christian> is to believe things.
Believe. Count as Credible. Put my weight upon. Trust. Have confidence in. Count as true.
Actions…well, they are visible manifestations of what we believe…(whether we are conscious of our beliefs or not.)
Obvious? Yeah…maybe…Maybe not. Just good to ask myself–whether in my life as a believer, my focus is on the great need of believing, walking by faith, or trying to make actions fit into what I say I believe. Big difference in terms of motivation… and a big difference in terms of fruit for sure.
Here’s another good quote from the devotion: “Beware of that human holiness that is not based on the atonement of the Lord. It has no value for anything except a life of isolation— it is useless to God and a nuisance to man.” (I’m thinking Oswald Chambers didn’t mince words…but then again neither did Christ. Truth sets free…and He calls us to freedom. . )
So, the great need is not to ‘do things’, but to believe. —Acting right, verses being in right relationship.
Rightness vs. imputed righteousness. Earning vs Embodying. Self-Made vs. Transformed.
Food for thought for sure.
Knowing Christ Above All Else
“But whatever was an asset to me I count as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God on the basis of faith.I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3: 4-14