Lenten Reflection Day 26: “Have a Message, and Be One.”

Wisdom from Oswald Chambers’ devotional: “My Utmost for His Highest” (1935).

“Preach the Word” (II Tim 4:2).

“We are not called to be ‘channels’ for the Spirit only. We are called to be children of God.

We are not spiritual mediums. We are spiritual messengers–the ‘message’ is part of ourselves.

Jesus was his own message–His words were spirit and life. As disciples, our lives become the sacrament of our message.

A natural heart will serve, but only a repentant heart, broken by Christ, a renewed heart, baptized by the Spirit, and a responsive heart crumpled by God’s purpose becomes a sacrament of it’s message.

Have we offered our lives as a sacrament to become broken bread and poured out wine for God’s kingdom work?

Reflect: Have I given my life to God for their divine purpose, or am I still lending a little of myself at times of my own choosing?

Pray: God, lead me to become broken bread and poured out wine as a living sacrament for you. Amen.

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Doug is a writer, musician and educator living near Toronto, Canada. He writes about the sacredness of everyday experiences and about living a life of spiritual faith in the 'postmodern' 21st Century world. After a a 25-year career in education, Doug has been approved as a Candidate for Ordained Ministry in the United Church of Canada, a uniquely Canadian Protestant denomination in the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregationalist traditions. Doug is in essential agreement with the UCC statements on doctrine, which he sees as being in substance agreeable to the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. Opinions expressed on dougferris.ca are his own.

2 thoughts on “Lenten Reflection Day 26: “Have a Message, and Be One.”

  1. Doug, this reflection reminds me of the old hymn by Mary Maxwell, “Channels Only”. I looked up the lyrics because I could only recall the chorus and part of one verse. It has been awhile since I have sung this, but it is a good reminder, even if the English is a bit old.

    1. How I praise Thee, precious Savior,
    That Thy love laid hold of me;
    Thou hast saved and cleansed and filled me
    That I might Thy channel be.
    Refrain:
    Channels only, blessed Master,
    But with all Thy wondrous pow’r
    Flowing through us, Thou canst use us
    Every day and every hour.
    2. Just a channel full of blessing,
    To the thirsty hearts around;
    To tell out Thy full salvation,
    All Thy loving message sound.
    3. Emptied that Thou shouldest fill me,
    A clean vessel in Thy hand;
    With no pow’r but as Thou givest
    Graciously with each command.
    4. Witnessing Thy pow’r to save me,
    Setting free from self and sin;
    Thou who boughtest to possess me,
    In Thy fullness, Lord, come in.
    5. Jesus, fill now with Thy Spirit
    Hearts that full surrender know;
    That the streams of living water
    From our inner self may flow.

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    1. Hi Sahpal, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful hymn! It is not one that I am acquainted with, so I will look it up and learn more about it. Thank you for sharing! Blessings to you today, Sahpal!

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