1. Missing it
"And they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor
teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to
them, 'Whether it is right in
the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For
we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
"So when they had
further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of
punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God
for what had been done." Acts 4:18-21
"...much of what is called Christianity today is not the
Christianity of the New Testament; it is distinctly different.... Jesus
is not the fountainhead of modern Christianity. He is scarcely
thought about. Christian preachers, Sunday School teachers,
religious books, all without any apology patronize Jesus Christ and
put Him on one side.
have to learn that to stand true to Jesus Christ's point of view
means ostracism -- the ostracism that was brought on Him. Most
of us know nothing whatever about it.
modern view looks upon human nature as pathetic; men and women
are poor ignorant babes in the wood who have lost themselves.
Jesus Christ's view is totally different. He does not look on men
and women as babes in the wood, but as sinners who need saving, and
the modern mind detests His view.
Lord's teaching is based on something we violently hate, namely His
doctrine of sin; we do not believe it unless we have had a radical
dealing with God on the line of His teaching.
"Remember that a
disciple is committed to much more than belief in Jesus, he
is committed to His Lord's view of the world, of men, of
God and of sin."
--Oswald Chambers Daily Devotional Bible, p. 586
2. Finding What Is Important
and the other apostles answered and said: 'We ought to obey God
rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom
you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to
His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance
to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses
to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has
given to those who obey Him.”
"Is Jesus Christ’s mind infallible, or is the
modern Western mind infallible?
The tendency abroad today is to think ourselves infallible, and the
Bible a jumble up of the most extraordinary stuff, good stuff, but
we cannot be expected to accept all its views. That means, we
believe ourselves more likely to be infallible than Jesus Christ. We
would repudiate this statement if made baldly,but we all act as if
it were true, we all take for granted that Jesus Christ’s teachings
are nonsense; we treat them with respect and reverence, but we do
not do anything else with them, we do not carry them out.
"Today we hold conferences and conventions and give
reports and make our programs. None of these things were in the life
of Jesus, and yet every minute of His life He realized that He was
fulfilling the purpose of His Father (seeJohn 9:4).
"How did He do it? By maintaining the one relationship, and it is
that one relationship He insists on in His disciples, and it is the
one we have lost in the rubbish of modern civilization. If we try
and live the life Jesus Christ lived, modern civilization will fling
us out like waste material; we areno good, we do not add anything to
the hard cash of the times we live in, and the sooner we are flung
out the better."
--Oswald Chambers Daily Devotional Bible, p. 596
did not come to bring peace but a sword” (Matthew 10:34).
"If you are sensitive to God’s way, your message as His servant
will be merciless and insistent, cutting to the very root.
Otherwise, there will be no healing. We must drive the message
home so forcefully that a person cannot possibly hide, but must
apply its truth. Deal with people where they are, until they
begin to realize their true need. Then hold high the standard
of Jesus for their lives. Their response may be, 'We can
never be that.' Then drive it home with, 'Jesus Christ says you
must.' “But how can we be?' 'You can’t, unless you have a new
Spirit.'” (see Luke 11:13).
must be a sense of need created before your message is of any
use. Thousands of people in this world profess to be happy
without God. But if we could be truly happy and moral without
Jesus, then why did He come? He came because that kind of
happiness and peace is only superficial. Jesus Christ came
to 'bring … a sword' through every kind of peace that is not
based on a personal relationship with Himself."