My eager desire and hope being that I may never feel
     ashamed, but that now as ever I may do honour to Christ
     in my own person by fearless courage.

     — Philippians 1:20

My Utmost for His Highest. ""My eager desire and hope being that I may
never feel ashamed."" We shall all feel very much ashamed if we do not
yield to Jesus on the point He has asked us to yield to Him. Paul
says – ""My determination is to be my utmost for His Highest."" To get
there is a question of will, not of debate nor of reasoning, but a
surrender of will, an absolute and irrevocable surrender on that
point. An overweening consideration for ourselves is the thing that
keeps us from that decision, though we put it that we are considering
others. When we consider what it will cost others if we obey the call
of Jesus, we tell God He does not know what our obedience will mean.
Keep to the point; He does know. Shut out every other consideration
and keep yourself before God for this one thing only – My Utmost for
His Highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him
and for Him alone.

My Undeterredness for His Holiness. ""Whether that means life or
death, no matter!"" (v.21.) Paul is determined that nothing shall
deter him from doing exactly what God wants. God’s order has to work
up to a crisis in our lives because we will not heed the gentler way.
He brings us to the place where He asks us to be our utmost for Him,
and we begin to debate; then He produces a providential crisis where
we have to decide – for or against, and from that point the ""Great
Divide"" begins.

If the crisis has come to you on any line, surrender your will to Him
absolutely and irrevocably.

On this day...

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