Be Occupied with Thoughts of Heaven

Eternal truths pop up in the work of most of the great writers and speakers. Both C.S. Lewis and Oswald Chambers shared a point that is highly relevant to all Christians in this hour. Time is running out and we are called to be more than casual observers, each having his or her own tasks.

The Secret of Success from C.S. Lewis

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next… precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Lewis goes on to make the point that making heaven our goal corrupts the whole process. The Christian goal is eternal life with Christ. If your goal is to have a perfect marriage or perfect children you will end up divorced from your spouse and estranged from your children. Humans are not perfect. We seek relationship, not perfection, because the latter is not attainable in our mortal frame.

Oswald Chambers and the Judgement Seat of Christ

“Keep yourself steadily faced by the judgement seat of Christ; walk now in the light of the holiest you know. … It is not only God who punishes for sin; sin confirms itself in the sinner and gives back full pay.” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Chambers explains the result of keeping your focus on the judgment seat of Christ by stating another phenomena of relationship with the Lord. What we seek in His name He allows us to find. Chambers continues, “If you learn to live in the white light of Christ here and now, judgement finally will cause you to delight in the work of God in you.”

Walk in the Light of Biblical Truth, Not in the Wisdom of Men

Every parent and every ministry seeks to improve the lot of those in their care. The ultimate goal is to shepherd their lambs until they join the flock of Jesus Christ. Stay simple and remain focused on what comes next in order to create the greatest change here and now.

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  1. Barb Schoeneberger:

    Herein lies the big problem with socialism. It allows people to feel good about what they’re pushing the government to provide and take the responsibility off their shoulders while conning fellow citizens into believing that the perfect world can be found here.

    I love C.S.Lewis and what you quoted from him here. Sums it up perfectly.

    • Lynn:

      An excellent point! No perfection in this world, but we are promised it in the next.

  2. LDB:

    Chambers goes on to say, “My worth to Godin public is what I am in private.”

    • Lynn:

      Simple and profound – but then that pretty much sums up Mr. Chambers’ messages.

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