Recently, I came across a devotional (that also happens to be today’s reading) from Oswald Chamber’s “My Utmost for His Highest” and if you ever feel “stuck” in your walk with Christ, consider the following paragraph:
“A saint is not to take the initiative toward self-realization, but toward knowing Jesus Christ. A spiritually vigorous saint never believes that his circumstances simply happen at random, nor does he ever think of his life as being divided into the secular and the sacred. He sees every situation in which he finds himself as the means of obtaining a greater knowledge of Jesus Christ, and he has an attitude of unrestrained abandon and total surrender about him. The Holy Spirit is determined that we will have the realization of Jesus Christ in every area of our lives, and He will bring us back to the same point over and over again until we do. Self-realization only leads to the glorification of good works, whereas a saint of God glorifies Jesus Christ through his good works.” – Oswald Chambers 7/11
I remember the first time I read those words and the impact they had on me. There was so much I needed to abandon in exchange for knowing Christ in the routine moments of daily life and it was such a breakthrough. Perhaps that’s you today. If you feel stuck, there’s great value in prayerfully pausing to reflect on “every-day-things”. A life spent “praying without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17) isn’t stumbling around with eyes closed, but a day-long conversation with God. It’s mentally listening, pondering, talking, and discussing. In that mindset; a trip to the grocery store feels different, a conversation with a waitress has meaning, work becomes a higher calling, and kingdom moments start appearing on the path…forward.