Saturday, May 07, 2005

Building for Eternity

I recently came across some old books as I was cleaning and organizing our downstairs office/spare bedroom/workout area. Most of them were books from Bible classes at Northwestern that I wasn't able to sell back at the end of the semester. I hated when that happened. But some of the books were worth putting on a shelf and actually paging through again. One such book is My Utmost for His Highest. I remember receiving it from Pam Keske when I graduated from high school, and I forgot how incredible it is. I also think I have a more mature appreciation for his writing this many years later. I especially love what was written for today--May 7--and I want to share some of it.

"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....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."
~Oswald Chambers

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