I know I have said this before, but I’ll say it again this morning: One of the greatest joys of my life is the time I spend in doing my daily devotions – reading, pondering, praying & waiting upon the Lord with an ear to hear and a heart to receive whatever He has for me. Although this time is certainly a necessity for me (and for all in Christ) it is never a drudgery, never an obligation, and always a joy. In addition to my Bible, an important part of my devotional reading involves reading biographies by or about great saints of God who have preceded me – and upon whose shoulders I/we stand. These past few days I have been reading a bit about Oswald Chambers and his quest for the “deeper” spiritual life. The following is taken from a journal entry of his. I invite you to consider his words ~
“The Almighty creates no desires deep in the human soul that He cannot Himself satisfy. That deeper life, however, is accomplished by kneeling, and not by running; by surrender, and not by determination. It is the product of a completely consecrated life.”
I certainly understand the cost of a completely consecrated life, but the honest truth is this: many of the Christians I know (including myself) don’t want to pay the price. At least not consistently. As I have been “musing” over the concept of complete consecration this morning, the well known words of Frances Havergal have come to mind. I include them below in their beautifully poetic entirety. Read them carefully, drink deeply and ponder the implication ~
Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be…
Ever, only, all for Thee.
“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of all the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1, amplified)
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…” (1Peter 3:15)