These words of Oswald Chambers had a profound effect on me the first (and every) time I read them. I have many friends who mean much to me but not as much as my Jesus. I have a loving family whom I adore but they don’t mean as much to me as my Jesus. I have a church family that I think the world of but they don’t mean as much to me as Jesus. God gave me the most awesome man on earth as a helpmate, but Jesus surpasses the love he has for me. (Yes, he’s comfortable with that because he also knows that Jesus’ love for him is greater than mine.) There is no one in this world greater than my Jesus!
Our soul’s history with God is frequently the history of the “passing of the hero.” Over and over again God has to remove our friends in order to bring Himself in their place, and that is where we faint and fail and get discouraged. Take it personally: In the year that the one who stood to me for all that God was, died–I gave up everything? I became ill? I got disheartened? Or–I saw the LORD?
It must be God first, God second, and God third, until the life is faced steadily with God and no one else is of any account whatever. “In all the world there is none but Thee, my God, there is none but Thee.” Keep paying the price. Let God see that you are willing to live up to the vision.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest (Westwood, NJ; Barbour and Company, Incl, 1935), 195.
I thank my God every time I remember you. Philippians 1:3
Blessings to you and yours!