For those of you who are fans of Oswald Chambers and his classic spiritual book, My Utmost for His Highest, did you know Oswald Chambers thought his original calling from God was to be a visual artist and musician? Oswald Chambers had a deep love for God, creativity, and the arts. Though millions have read and loved My Utmost for His Highest, many do not know that Chambers studied at London’s Royal Academy of Art between 1895-1896. A gifted artist and musician, Chambers sensed God’s calling to be an ambassador for Christ in the world of art and aesthetics. To encourage you cultivate a more beautiful life in Christ, I’d like to share a few thoughts and favorite quotes from this beloved writer and artist…
After a difficult season of wrestling over his calling and vocation, Chambers finally decided to study for the ministry. Though this artist writer only wrote three books in his lifetime and never achieved “fame” during his lifetime, My Utmost for His Highest has become a rare spiritual classic that has helped millions of people cultivate a deeper life in Christ.
In his writings, you can see how Chambers integrates his love for God and the true creativity that flows from a relationship with God. What I love about his writings is his passion and depth for the goodness of God found in Christ, knowing he had a deep love for the arts. I hope this well of encouragement overflows to you today as well.
- The one true mark of a saint of God is the inner creativity that flows from being totally surrendered to Jesus Christ.
- Never try to make your experience a principle for others, but allow God to be as creative and original with others as He is with you.
- Fill your mind with the thought that God is there. And once your mind is truly filled with that thought, when you experience difficulties it will be as easy as breathing for you to remember, “My heavenly Father knows all about this!”
- A spiritually vigorous saint never believes that his circumstances simply happen at random, nor does he ever think of his life as being divided into the secular and the sacred. He sees every situation in which he finds himself as the means of obtaining a greater knowledge of Jesus Christ, and he has an attitude of unrestrained abandon and total surrender about him.
- The most dangerous and unsure thing is to try to live without God.
Questions: What Oswald Chamber’s quote speaks to you the most today? Do you ever wrestle with your creative calling like Chambers did? In what ways?
I’d love your thoughts and comments.
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