August 17, 2009

Discouraged or Devoted?

I have been struggling with this THING for two weeks now (or has it been my whole life?)


Are You Discouraged or Devoted?

Jesus . . . said to him, ’You still lack
one thing. Sell all that you have . . . and come, follow Me.’ But when he heard
this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich —Luke 18:22-23



Have you ever heard the Master say something very difficult to
you? If you haven’t, I question whether you have ever heard Him say anything at
all. Jesus says a tremendous amount to us that we listen to, but do not actually
hear. And once we do hear Him, His words are harsh and unyielding.

Jesus
did not show the least concern that this rich young ruler should do what He told
him, nor did Jesus make any attempt to keep this man with Him. He simply said to
him, "Sell all that you have . . . and come, follow Me." Our Lord never pleaded
with him; He never tried to lure him— He simply spoke the strictest words that
human ears have ever heard, and then left him alone.

Have I ever heard
Jesus say something difficult and unyielding to me? Has He said something
personally to me to which I have deliberately listened— not something I can
explain for the sake of others, but something I have heard Him say directly to
me? This man understood what Jesus said. He heard it clearly, realizing the full
impact of its meaning, and it broke his heart. He did not go away as a defiant
person, but as one who was sorrowful and discouraged. He had come to Jesus on
fire with zeal and determination, but the words of Jesus simply froze him.
Instead of producing enthusiastic devotion to Jesus, they produced heartbreaking
discouragement. And Jesus did not go after him, but let him go. Our Lord knows
perfectly well that once His word is truly heard, it will bear fruit sooner or
later. What is so terrible is that some of us prevent His words from bearing
fruit in our present life. I wonder what we will say when we finally make up our
minds to be devoted to Him on that particular point? One thing is certain— He
will never throw our past failures back in our faces. (oswald chambers)
I am tired of being discouraged. I will take the blame - I know it is not my fault - but what harm would come of it if I just stopped defending myself? I will let the Lord defend me and see what comes.

2 comments:

  1. Mrs. Santos,

    This is SO true, but so difficult to do.

    BTW, did you get this out of the devotional book, "His Upmost for His Highest?" If so, I have that book. What date was this under? Please tell me so I can mark it in my devotional book. Thanks.

    I "miss" you (smiles).


    Love,

    Mrs. Lady Sofia

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  2. Dear Mrs. Lady Sofia~
    Hey you! I have been away from the computer for a few days - this WAS taken from Aug 17th from "My Utmost..." Nice to hear from you. Hope you are well and happy. :)

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