Yesterday we attended the wedding of two dear friends — Andrei Sukhovsky and Liz Hulley. The ceremony was held in an old Finnish Lutheran church in St. Petersburg. It was great to witness this wedding and also to have time with old friends.
Looking back at previous blog posts, I noticed that I often post something from Oswald Chambers in October. I wonder why that is. Perhaps the autumn brings about a kind of desperation that makes me reach for something uplifting.
“The challenge to the missionary does not come on the line that people are difficult to get saved, that backsliders are difficult to reclaim, that there is a wedge of callous indifference; but along the line of his own personal relationship to Jesus Christ.
‘Believe ye that I am able to do this?’ Our Lord puts that question steadily, it faces us in every individual case we meet.
The one great challenge is – Do I know my Risen Lord? Do I know the power of His indwelling Spirit?”*
I don’t have a problem asking myself “What would Jesus do?” I think it is a good idea to follow Christ’s example.
However, we can get into a pattern of striving to make ourselves like Christ, by our own means.
Maybe it’s better to ask ourselves, “Do I trust God in this situation? Have I surrendered this to Him, or am I still trying to do it all myself?”
*Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest -reading for Oct. 27th