Utmost Notes – Jan. 7

January 7thThe whole experience of life is designed to enable us to enter into this closest relationship with Jesus Christ. – Oswald Chambers

Often I treat Jesus like a fond acquaintance rather than an intimate friend.  I spent so many years training my mind and tongue to approach Jesus as My Lord and Savior, that I have struggled at times (like Phillip in John 14:9) to approach Jesus as a friend. But how else can I learn to trust him?

Decades of church attendance didn’t do it. Small group leadership didn’t do it. Leading bible studies didn’t do it, and neither  did church staff membership. All those things were important and valuable, but only intimate friendship with Jesus has brought about lasting, internal transformation. When I lay my ambitions at the foot of the cross, along with my fears, my doubts and my schedule – when I spend time in prayer, asking and confessing and thanking – I begin to trust. He builds the faith I need. He builds it from within me.

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One thought on “Utmost Notes – Jan. 7

  1. “I spent so many years training my mind and tongue to approach Jesus as My Lord and Savior, that I have struggled at times (like Phillip in John 14:9) to approach Jesus as a friend.” This is cause for pondering.

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