Category: Discipleship

Do You Worship The Work?

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

We are God’s fellow workers… —1 Corinthians 3:9

Beware of any work for God that causes or allows you to avoid concentrating on Him. A great number of Christian workers worship their work. The only concern of Christian workers should be their concentration on God. This will mean that all the other boundaries of life, whether they are mental, moral, or spiritual limits, are completely free with the freedom God gives His child; that is, a worshipping child, not a wayward one. A worker who lacks this serious controlling emphasis of concentration on God is apt to become overly burdened by his work. He is a slave to his own limits, having no freedom of his body, mind, or spirit. Consequently, he becomes burned out and defeated. There is no freedom and no delight in life at all. His nerves, mind, and heart are so overwhelmed that God’s blessing cannot rest on him.

But the opposite case is equally true– once our concentration is on God, all the limits of our life are free and under the control and mastery of God alone. There is no longer any responsibility on you for the work. The only responsibility you have is to stay in living constant touch with God, and to see that you allow nothing to hinder your cooperation with Him. The freedom that comes after sanctification is the freedom of a child, and the things that used to hold your life down are gone. But be careful to remember that you have been freed for only one thing– to be absolutely devoted to your co-Worker.

We have no right to decide where we should be placed, or to have preconceived ideas as to what God is preparing us to do. God engineers everything; and wherever He places us, our one supreme goal should be to pour out our lives in wholehearted devotion to Him in that particular work.

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

by Oswald Chambers

Khanak: Narrow As A Verb

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

But in the original Hebrew, it reads a little differently. The Hebrew word translated as ‘train’ is ‘khanak.’Khanak’ literally means ‘to narrow.’ So, it could be translated as, “Narrow the way for a child.” What does that mean? It means that true love is not lax. Don’t be lax with your children— narrow their way. Protect them from what is ungodly and guide them away from evil and to the good. Filter what they receive and help them walk on a straight path. They will be blessed. And while you’re at it, try it on yourself. If you would live a life of discipleship, you have to ‘khanak’ yourself. Narrow your own way— keep yourself on the narrow path, direct all things away from evil and to the Lord. Narrow your thought and your desires and your focus, or what you see and hear. Train your own self up in the Lord, and you won’t depart from His way. For the word ‘khanak’ isn’t just for children – it’s for disciples.

Today’s Mission – Today, narrow your own way. Direct your thoughts and focus your heart and desires to the Lord.

by Jonathan Cahn