Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gathering in Christ

John 6:68
But Simon Peter answered Him, LORD, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

John 6 contains a description of the sifting out of the disciples from the crowd round about, until there were just the twelve left, and to them Jesus says, “Do you also want to go away?” Some who had been following Jesus had not gone too far to turn back, and “they went back and walked with Him no more.”  But Peter had gone too far to turn back, and he says, “Lord, to whom shall we go?”  There is a stage like that in our spiritual experience: we do not see the Guide ahead of us; we do not feel the joy of the Lord; there is no exhilaration; yet we have gone too far to go back; we are up against it now. [We must go through the moral death of ]self-will, and we find.. there are many things that must go to “the white funeral” … any amount of paganism that is clear and vigorous, virtues that are good morally. We discover they are not stamped with the right image and superscription, and if we are going to live the life of a saint, we must go to the moral death of those things, make a termination of them, turn these good, natural things into the spiritual.

Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 141 (5/21)
From The Place of Help

This photograph By M&D Hill is from a Facebook page called Live Life in Color.

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