Like many of you, I have a few companion books of faith that are second only to the Holy Bible for me in terms of wonderful spiritual food. This particular book is My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. I have the journal addition, and spend some time with it several days each week. This morning’s devotional really hit the spot, as it related perfectly to much of the research and writing I have been doing this past year. The overview theme was that of, the importance of developing a relationship with the Person of Jesus Christ. Although I would need to reprint the entire writing to capture the amazing spiritual truth presented, I was brought to consider how similar, in fact nearly identical, the entire subject presented was to many other wonderful works by other writers. To clarify the point I am making here, is that the writers I am referring to span the entire period of time from the foundations of Christianity, through contemporary times.
It occurs to me, when things are truly spiritual, they are timeless and eternally truth. There is a spiritual purity and simplicity to all these Christian Classics, unaffected by denominational bias, intellectual differences in agreement, scholastic debates, or theological interpretations. It then occurred to me to ask myself how this can possibly be? There are arguably between 20,000 and 40,000 individual Christian denominations throughout the world today. Well over 90% of those falling within the broader group of Protestant Churches. The answer to this is clearly, One Spirit, One Savior, and One God. When spiritual truths are inspired, it is the Holy Spirit who has guided the heart and hand in these timeless writings. Thus we have the same truths, inspired by the same teacher, in remembrance of the same Savior, that we may approach the same God, as Father, as a New Covenant people, all of one faith, as citizens of the same Kingdom, and detached from the failures of ‘religion.’
What a wonderful place it is to come to this. Surely this is why our Lord said we must worship in spirit and in truth. I will spend much time in prayerful contemplation about these things today. I hope you might join me in this fellowship.
Yours in Christ-