Today's "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers is another excellent admonition to the born again believer!
The Unheeded Secret
My kingdom is not of this world. — John 18:36
The great enemy to the Lord Jesus Christ in the present day is the conception of practical work that has not come from the New Testament, but from the Systems of the world in which endless energy and activities are insisted upon, but no private life with God. The emphasis is put on the wrong thing. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation;…for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you,” a hidden, obscure thing. An active Christian worker too often lives in the shop window. It is the innermost of the innermost that reveals the power of the life.
We have to get rid of the plague of the spirit of the religious age in which we live. In Our Lord’s life there was none of the press and rush of tremendous activity that we regard so highly, and the disciple is to be as His Master. The central thing about the kingdom of Jesus Christ is a personal relationship to Himself, not public usefulness to men. It is not its practical activities that are the strength of this Bible Training College, its whole strength lies in the fact that here you are put into soak before God. You have no idea of where God is going to engineer your circumstances, no knowledge of what strain is going to be put on you either at home or abroad, and if you waste your time in over-active energies instead of getting into soak on the great fundamental truths of God’s Redemption, you will snap when the strain comes; but if this time of soaking before God is being spent in getting rooted and grounded in God on the un-practical line, you will remain true to Him whatever happens.
This is SO important! When JESUS told Martha, in Luke 10:42, that Mary had chosen the better part, He was telling us all!
There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.
What had Mary chosen that Martha had not? She had chosen to stop all of the hustle and bustle of busyness and to sit at the feet of JESUS to hear His Words! So many Christians think that they have to be busy about doing things that prove their faith, when doing exactly as Mary did is the ONLY thing that will enable us to walk in the power and authority of the Word of God as JESUS did! HE said that we are to do the works that He did! HE didn't do those works until HE had spent time with His Father in prayer! Make sure that YOU are spending time, first of all, in intimate fellowship with the ONE Who has called you and anointed you in the first place! AMEN! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Like Incense - Sometimes By Step":
Shalom in Him!