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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Oswald Chambers on Discipleship

Oswald Chambers (1874–1917) was a Scottish Baptist evangelist and teacher, best known for the devotional My Utmost for His Highest. As a teenager, Chambers was noted for his deep spirituality, and he participated in evangelistic outreach to poor occupants of local lodging houses. He also demonstrated gifts in both music and art. Chambers trained at London’s Royal Academy of Art, sensing God’s direction to be an ambassador for Christ in the world of art and aesthetics.

“The best measure of a spiritual life is not its ecstasies but its obedience.”

"The characteristic of holiness, which is the outcome of the indwelling of God, is blazing truthfulness with regard to God's word and an amazing tenderness in personal dealings."

"Discipleship is built entirely on the supernatural grace of God."

"If the closest relationships of a disciple’s life conflict with the claims of Jesus Christ, then our Lord requires instant obedience to Himself. Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a Person— our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a vast difference between devotion to a person and devotion to principles or to a cause. Our Lord never proclaimed a cause— He proclaimed personal devotion to Himself."

"We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people— and this is not learned in five minutes."

Related reading: Billy Graham on Discipleship

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