Building For Eternity

I read this today from My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers:

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” Luke 14:28 Our Lord refers not to a cost we have to count, but to a cost which He has counted. The cost was those thirty years in Nazareth, those three years of popularity, scandal and hatred, the deep unfathomable agony in Gethsemane, and the onslaught at Calvary – the pivot upon which the whole of Time and Eternity turns. Jesus Christ has counted the cost. Men are not going to laugh at Him at last and say – “This man began to build, and was not able to finish.”

The conditions of discipleship laid down by Our Lord in vv. 26, 27 and 33 mean that the men and women He is going to use in His mighty building enterprises are those in whom He has done everything. “If any man come to Me, and hate not . . . he cannot be My disciple.” Our Lord implies that the only men and women He will use in His building enterprises are those who love Him personally, passionately and devotedly beyond any of the closest ties on earth. The conditions are stern, but they are glorious.

All that we build is going to be inspected by God. Is God going to detect in His searching fire that we have built on the foundation of Jesus some enterprise of our own? These are days of tremendous enterprises, days when we are trying to work for God, and therein is the snare. Profoundly speaking, we can never work for God. Jesus takes us over for His enterprises, His building schemes entirely, and no soul has any right to claim where he shall be put.

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  1. I so enjoy getting your blog on a regular basis. The word of God that you share causes me to search my soul, to see if I am in right standing with him on a daily basis. I visit regularly to listen repeatedly to the sermons given to us on Wednesdays and Sundays. I appreciate that you are a no bars hold kind of pastor because you tell the truth just like it is and keep us headed in the right direction or turn us from the wrong one we might not have known we were on otherwise. God has sent us a wise God fearing man for whom I have a deep respect for. I thank my God for everytime I think of you. Thank you for the precious words to ponder on today, may God richly bless you and yours. Louanna

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