Sunday, June 1, 2014
Gathering in Christ
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
Death is God’s delightful way of giving us life… Jesus never shut Himself away from things; the first place He took His disciples was to a marriage feast. He did not cut Himself off from society…. so much was He not aloof that they called Him “a glutton and a winebibber.” But there was one characteristic of Jesus -- He was fundamentally dead to the whole thing; it had no appeal to Him. The “hundredfold” that Jesus promised means that God can trust a man anywhere with anything when he is fundamentally dead to things…. We use the phrase “drawing on the resurrection life of Jesus” but try it, you cannot draw on it when you like. You will never get one breath of that life until you are dead; that is, dead to any desire that you want a blessing for body or soul or spirit. Immediately you die to that, the life of God is in you and you don’t know where you are with the exuberance of it.
Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible
From If Thou Wilt Be Perfect
This photograph is by Jo Chaney.