Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day 17-Do it yourself: determinedly discipline other things

Today we focus on the same verse, only concentrating on the second half.

2 Cor 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

I must admit that I found Chambers' study to be a little difficult to grasp the meaning of. I think he is cautioning against becoming involved in knee-jerk decisions to "minister." Sometimes doing something in the name of Christ sounds so good, that we do not stop to consider whether that is where God would have us serve or not. We quickly sign up to be on a committee or join a group or send money...all in the name of Christ. He gives the example of Christ who did nothing apart from the will of the Father. Jesus was so in tune with what the father would have him do. We are reminded that: " The Son can do nothing of Himself."

If Jesus couldn't do it on His own, why are we?
True earnestness is found in obeying God, not in the inclination to serve Him that is born of undisciplined human nature.
We are apt to forget that a man is not only committed to Jesus Christ for salvation; he is committed to Jesus Christ's view of God, of the world, of sin,and of the devil, and this will mean that he must recognize the responsibility of being transformed by the renewing of him mind.

Photo taken by me.  Detail of gate of cemetery in village of Naples, NY.


  1. I wonder is he speaking of the so many things we are pressured into doing, especially when the "church" is looking to fill a vacancy. Maybe sometimes we become too busy to fulfill the real call of God in our lives.

  2. I think that may be so, Martha. We are so busy serving our church that we don't have time to serve God.