January 1 Let Us Keep to the
“. . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be
ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified
in my body, whether by life or by death” —Philippians 1:20
My Utmost for His Highest.
“. . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed . . .
.” We will all feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus the areas of
our lives He has asked us to yield to Him. It’s as if Paul were saying, “My
determined purpose is to be my utmost for His highest— my best for His glory.”
To reach that level of determination is a matter of the will, not of debate or
of reasoning. It is absolute and irrevocable surrender of the will at that
point. An undue amount of thought and consideration for ourselves is what keeps
us from making that decision, although we cover it up with the pretense that it
is others we are considering. When we think seriously about what it will cost
others if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He doesn’t know what our
obedience will mean. Keep to the point— He does know. Shut out every other
thought and keep yourself before God in this one thing only— my utmost for His
highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and Him alone.
My Unstoppable Determination
for His Holiness. “Whether it means life or death-it makes no difference!” (see
Philippians 1:21). Paul was determined that nothing would stop him from doing
exactly what God wanted. But before we choose to follow God’s will, a crisis
must develop in our lives. This happens because we tend to be unresponsive to
God’s gentler nudges. He brings us to the place where He asks us to be our
utmost for Him and we begin to debate. He then providentially produces a crisis
where we have to decide— for or against. That moment becomes a great crossroads
in our lives. If a crisis has come to you on any front, surrender your will to
Jesus absolutely and irrevocably.