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Devotion To Christ

 By Oswald Chambers 

    “Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matt. 16:24).

    There is a difference between devotion to principles and devotion to a person.  Hundreds of people today are devoting themselves to phases of truth, to causes.  Jesus Christ never asks us to devote ourselves to a cause or a creed; He asks us to devote ourselves to Him, to sign away the right to ourselves and yield to Him absolutely, and take up that cross daily.  The cross Jesus asks us to take up cannot be suffering for conviction’s sake, because a man will suffer for conviction’s sake whether he is a Christian or not.  Neither can it be suffering for conscience’ sake, because a man will go to martyrdom for his principles without having one spark of the grace of God in his heart.  Paul says, “Though I give my body to be burned, and have not [love], it profiteth me nothing” (1 Cor. 13:3).  What then is our cross?  Our cross is something that comes only with the peculiar relationship of a disciple to Jesus.  It is the sign that we have denied our right to ourselves and are determined to manifest that we are no longer our own, we have given away for ever our right to ourselves to Jesus Christ.

    – Taken from The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers by Oswald Chambers.  Copyright © 2000 and used by permission of Discovery House Publishers, Box 3566, Grand Rapids MI 49501.  All rights reserved.