“Service is an expression of my nature, and God’s call is an expression of his nature. Therefore, when I receive his nature and hear his call, his divine voice resounds throughout his nature and mine and the two become one in service.”
This is just a slice of the incredible passage from the Jan. 17 reading of Oswald Chambers’ timeless devotional classic, My Utmost for His Highest. I began reading it afresh this year. And I seldom fail to receive fresh bread each evening.
I interpret Chambers’ point in today’s reading in the following manner: We often get too caught up in establishing or explaining a specific call to service that has come from God. Our ubiquitous ego gets intertwined in our interpretation of being set aside to do some special, unique thing. We think we have some high and mighty work to do.
But really, God just wants us.
He wants us to take on the nature of his Son, through the vehicle of relationship. Everything flows from relationship. In the same manner, our loved ones ultimately don’t want us to do things for them. They just want us. We serve them out of the context of relationship first and foremost.
My how we complicate things, usually out of fear of not measuring up. Oswald keeps it simple for us.