Except from My Utmost For His Highest, Oswald Chambers
"RECALL WHAT GOD REMEMBERS"
"There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes. It is a great thing to think that Jesus Christ has need of me. How much kindness have I shown Him this past week? Have I been kind to His reputation in my life? God is saying to His people— You are not in love with Me now, but I remember the time when you were, "I remember...the love of thine espousals." Am I as full of the extravagance of love to Jesus Christ as I was in the beginning, when I went out of my way to prove my devotion to Him? Does He find me recalling the time when I did not care for anything but Himself? Am I there now, or have I become wise over loving Him? Am I so in love with Him that I take no account of where I go? or am I watching for the respect due to me; weighing how much service I ought to give? If, as I recall what God remembers about me, I find He is not what He used to be to me, let it produce shame and humiliation, because that shame will bring the godly sorrow that works repentance."
So I am using these thoughts of Oswald Chambers as a piggy back to the communion message this weekend at VGF. Communion is a time to remember what Christ has done for us as Paul, in the I Corinthians 11 passage, used the direct quote from Jesus Christ, "do this in remembrance of Me." We reflect on Jesus and the Cross of Christ, so that we can take communion without bringing judgment upon ourselves, but this devotional has even another perspective..."recall what God remembers." To think about Jesus remembering each of us and reflecting upon our love for Him and what joy it brings to His heart. Just as His heart breaks when our souls are overtaken with sin and the selfishness of this world, when we sing the song..."It's all about me, there's no room for you," we forget the perspective that Jesus remembers when we thought more about Him than we do now. He remembers when we asked daily for Him to share His love with us, because we can't make it through each day, living a holy life, without Him sharing His faithfulness, mercy and grace.
Though God needs nothing, He loves us so much that His desire is to be intimate with His creation. If you're not as in love with Jesus as you used to be, please take inventory on your relationship status. If you had a hard time recalling what Christ has done for you during the communion celebration this weekend, or if you just seem to be having a hard time "searching for the pearl of great worth," please take some time this week to pray and ask God to renew that first love. Remember Jesus' love for you, ask the Holy Spirit to bring to your heart the point where you started to let Him slip into the shadows and hide your light and pray for conviction and as for forgiveness to begin each new day with the grace-filled heart. Remember the past and His work of grace and think of the joy He takes in remembering each of us and how much we love Him. Praise to the King, this week and each week to follow. It's a new week, it's a new day when it's less of us and more of Him.