Chambers on The Relinquished Life {Lent Reflection}

From The Relinquished Life by Oswald Chambers

It is not a question of giving up sin, but of giving up my natural independence and self-assertiveness, and this is where the battle has to be fought. It is the things that are right and noble and good from the natural standpoint that keep us back from God’s best. To discern that natural virtues antagonize surrender to God is to bring our soul in the center of its greatest battle. Very few of us debate with the sordid and evil and wrong, but we do debate with the good. It is the good that hates the best, and the higher up you get in the scale of the natural virtues, the more intense is the opposition to Jesus Christ. “They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh” (Gal. 5:24). It is going to cost the natural in you everything, not something. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself,” and a person has to realize who Jesus Christ is before he will do it. Beware of refusing to go to the funeral of your own independence. 

by Gustave Dore

As we consider the sober realities of Good Friday, may we not forget that discipleship calls us too through the valley of the shadow of death.

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