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Take a Stand for Jesus

By Angela Wittman
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

(Philippians 1:21 KJV)

Not often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point- a great crossroads in our life. From that point we either go toward a more and more slow, lazy, and useless Christian life, or we become more and more on fire, giving our utmost for His highest- our best for His glory. -(Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest)

Dear Friends,

utmostWhile reading the above selected excerpt from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, I was reminded of how exciting it is to know, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

I can remember as a young believer praying to see God at work, so I could join Him. I would see outwardly successful "ministries," and think the Lord must truly be at work there, only to find out the work was one of human endeavor, rather than spiritual. The emphasis would not be on winning the lost to Christ, or teaching young believers Scripture; but it would be on performing a social service, and often the success of the "ministry" was more important than fidelity to Christ.

How can you discern if a work is based upon Jesus Christ or not? Learn the Word of God, and investigate the organization to see if they are faithful to Christ in both word and deed. You may think that a large crowd is an indicator that God is at work in their midst; but, this is not always so.

Often times, dear friends, God will use the least to accomplish the most.

How often have you read of a single missionary who has served God, as Jim Elliot or Amy Carmichael, and who is still remembered this day for their uncompromising service to God? Or perhaps you have read of a Christian who was martyred for their faith, and many souls came to Christ as a result of their faithful witness?

Scripture is full of examples where the LORD has used a minority to conquer a majority.

Dear Friends, are you ready to cast your all at the feet of our gracious Saviour? Are you ready to step out in faith, and to live to Christ? I pray the good Lord will quickly bring each of us to a crossroads, and may we become more on fire for Him.

I pray we will decide in our hearts this very day to cast the slow, lazy, useless Christian life behind us, and to follow and obey our Leader:

  • And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28: 18-20,KJV)


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