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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Saturday Sermonette--Standing Up For Yourself

"The Sermon on the Mount indicates that wen we are on Jesus Christ's errands, there is no time to stand up for ourselves. Jesus says, in effect, 'Do not be bothered with whether you are being justly dealt with or not.' To look for justice is a sign of deflection from devotion to Him." Oswald Chambers, from My Utmost for His Highest.

I received this devotional for Christmas last year, and I have to tell you I don't always understand everything Mr. Chambers had to say. He was maybe one of the strictest disciples Jesus had in modern history. (Well--sorta modern. He died in 1917.)

The quote above is from the devotional for June 27, and it resonated with me. We're told constantly by the world that we have to stand up for ourselves. But it occurs to me, I don't think Jesus did. In fact, He meekly submitted to torture and death.

Don't get me wrong. He stood up for what was right, every day, in everything He did. When He healed a person, even on the Sabbath, he didn't apologize. When He cleared the temple, He did it knowing it was the right thing to do. Whatever He did, He was about His Father's work, doing what God had planned for Him to do.

If we are also doing what God wants us to do, we can safely let Him stand up for us. There's no time to take someone to a court of law because they said something bad against us. There's no time to waste time fighting or quarreling or defending what we do. Let the Holy Spirit free to perform what He does so well--being our defender.

Instead we keep on plowing ahead, doing what Jesus would have us do. One step forward after another, no time to take sidesteps or backsteps.

Go for it!
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