Walking on Dry Land

oswald chambersOswald Chambers (1874-1917) is best known for his classic devotional My Utmost for His Highest; however, The Oswald Chambers Daily Devotional Bible also contains many wonderful nuggets from his lesser known writings.

Although written nearly one hundred years ago, the following selection is certainly timely and quite challenging.  Like much of his writings, you may need to read it more than once to get the gist of what he is saying, but it is worth the extra digging!


And he said, Come.  And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.     Matthew 14:29

Passionate, genuine affection for Jesus will lead to all sorts of vows and promises which it is impossible to fulfill.  It is an attitude of mind and heart that sees only the heroic.  We are called to be unobtrusive disciples, not heroes.  When we are right with God, the tiniest thing done out of love to Him is more precious to Him than any eloquent preaching of a sermon…We all have a lurking desire to be exhibitions for God, to be put, as it were, in His showroom.  Jesus does not want us to be specimens, He wants us to be so taken up will Him that we never think about ourselves, and the only impression left on others by our life is that Jesus Christ is having unhindered way.

Walking on water is easy to impulsive pluck, but walking on dry land as a disciple of Jesus Christ is different.  Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus, to stand crises; human nature and our pride will do it.  We can buck up and face the music of a crisis magnificently, but it does require the supernatural drudgery as a saint, to go through poverty as a saint, to go through an ordinary, unobtrusive, ignored existence as a saint, unnoticed and unnoticeable.  The “show business,” which is so incorporated into our view of Christian work today, has caused us to drift far from our Lord’s conception of discipleship.  It is instilled in us to think that we have to do exceptional things for God; we have not.  We have to be exceptional in ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, surrounded by sordid sinners.  That is not learned in five minutes.  (So Send I You,  Oswald Chambers. 1930)

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