Monday, November 17, 2008

Broken Bread And Poured-Out Wine

There is a beautiful representation of humility found as a reoccurring theme in the well-known devotional, “My Utmost For His Highest.” Oswald Chambers calls upon Christians to become “broken bread and poured-out wine.” Learning what that means will give us insights into the humble life. Here are excerpts from Ozzy.

Jan 18: 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.

Feb 2: God makes us as broken bread and poured-out wine to please Himself. To be “separated to the gospel” means . . . every ambition, every desire of life, and every outlook is completely blotted out and extinguished. Only one thing remains – “. . . separated to the gospel.”

Feb 15: Am I willing to be broken bread and poured-out wine for Him? Am I willing to be of no value to this age or this life except for one purpose and one alone – to be used to disciple men and women to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Feb 25: Paul focused his live on Jesus Christ’s idea of a New Testament saint; that is, not one who merely proclaims the gospel, but one who becomes broken bread and poured-out wine in the hands of Jesus Christ for the sake of others.

May 15: The only proper goal of life is that we manifest the Son of God; and when this occurs, all our dictating of our demands to God disappears. We are here to submit to His will so that He may work through us what He wants. Once we realize this, He will make us broken bread and poured-out wine with which to feed and nourish others.

Jun 2: How long is it going to take God to free us from the unhealthy habit of thinking only about ourselves? . . . There is only one place where we are right with God, and that is in Christ Jesus. Once we are there, we have to pour out our lives for all we are worth in this ministry of the inner life.

Jul 15: Quit praying about yourself and spend your life for the sake of others as the bondservant of Jesus. That is the true meaning of being broken bread and poured-out wine in real life.

Sep 30: “Here am I! Send me.” This call has to do with being made broken bread and poured-out wine. Yet we must never try to choose the place of our own martyrdom. If we are ever going to be made into wine, we have to be crushed. . .

Nov 15: When we are consciously aware of being used as broken bread and poured-out wine, we have yet another level to reach – a level where all awareness of ourselves and of what God is doing through us is completely eliminated. A saint is never consciously a saint – a saint is consciously dependent on God.

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