This is one of the most transforming pieces of writing that I read way back in 2004 from Oswald Chambers, which changed my life and understanding of my relationship with the Lord forever.
It still blesses me when I read it each time and confirms again how it is a relationship with a person, not a religion of “duty doing”, simply because “that is how it has always been done and is now expected of me.” That is religion.
Religion in this context, has no Hope. Salvation is a work of God. Sanctification is a work of God. We can not work our way to God for salvation or make ourselves of more importance or more holy, because at the end of the day it is not about us….
After many years of doing things habitually, and having come to this place of understanding, whenever I realise I am doing something now out of ‘habit’ and not out of the life of God in me, I stop, sit back and wait for the Lord to guide me to my next move.
We can run ahead of the Lord so easily and I know this from steam-rolling ahead for years and asking the Lord if He is keeping up with me.
We need to always have Him before us in absolutely everything we are and are doing.
The Lord bless you
MAKE a HABIT of HAVING no HABITS
“For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful.” 2 Peter 1:8 (R.V.)
When we begin to form a habit we are conscious of it. There are times when we are conscious of becoming virtuous and patient and godly, but it is only a stage; if we stop there we shall get the strut of the spiritual prig. The right thing to do with habits is to lose them in the life of the Lord, until every habit is so practised that there is no conscious habit at all. Our spiritual life continually resolves into introspection because there are some qualities we have not added as yet. Ultimately the relationship is to be a completely simple one.
Your god may be your little Christian habit, the habit of prayer at stated times, or the habit of Bible reading. Watch how your Father will upset those times if you begin to worship your habit instead of what the habit symbolizes – I can’t do that just now, I am praying; it is my hour with God. No, it is your hour with your habit. There is a quality that is lacking in you. Recognize the defect and then look for the opportunity of exercising yourself along the line of the quality to be added.
Love means that there is no habit visible, you have come to the place where the habit is lost, and by practice you do the thing unconsciously. If you are consciously holy, there are certain things you imagine you cannot do, certain relationships in which you are far from simple; that means there is something to be added. The only supernatural life is the life the Lord Jesus lived, and He was at home with God anywhere. Is there anywhere where you are not at home with God? Let God press through in that particular circumstance until you gain Him, and life becomes the simple life of a child.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest