Category: Discipleship

“I Was There”

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Fight the good fight of faith —1 Timothy 6:12

How must God feel when we disappoint Him after He has given us His heart’s blood, put so many advantages in our way and expended upon us so much grace and care. it makes the spirit cry, “Who is sufficient for these things?”

In my mind’s eye I can see before me the time when we shall stand on heaven’s shore and look back upon the years that have been, these few short years of time. May we cast ourselves at Jesus’ feet and say: “Many a time have I faltered; many a hard fight has come, but Thou hast kept me and held me, thanks to God, who has given me the victory through the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Fresh from the battlefields a little band of veterans Came forth. To each was given a medal with the names of their battles on one side, and on the other side this little sentence, I was there. “Oh, when that hour shall come, may it be a supremely happy thought to look back over the trials and sacrifices of these days and remember, “I was there, and by the help of God and the grace of Jesus, I am here.”

by A.B. Simpson


“It Is the Lord!”

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” —John 20:28

“Jesus said to her, ‘Give Me a drink’ ” (John 4:7). How many of us are expecting Jesus Christ to quench our thirst when we should be satisfying Him! We should be pouring out our lives, investing our total beings, not drawing on Him to satisfy us. “You shall be witnesses to Me…” (Acts 1:8). That means lives of pure, uncompromising, and unrestrained devotion to the Lord Jesus, which will be satisfying to Him wherever He may send us.

Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of true devotion to Jesus is the service we do for Him. It is easier to serve than to pour out our lives completely for Him. The goal of the call of God is His satisfaction, not simply that we should do something for Him. We are not sent to do battle for God, but to be used by God in His battles. Are we more devoted to service than we are to Jesus Christ Himself?

by Oswald Chambers