Oswald Chamber's "My Utmost For His Highest" Devotional Is Still In Print After 90 Years Of His Demise
Be perfectly clear and emphatic with regard to your preaching of God’s truth, but amazingly kind in your treatment of people. (Oswald Chambers)
Oswald Chambers may have been cognizant of the sizable company gathered around him, possibly in a military outpost in Egypt during his time as a volunteer chaplain with the British Commonwealth troops, when he made that statement above.
Meet Oswald Chambers And His Teachings
He may not have known, however, that a century after his demise, those words, together with a collated sum of his other teachings, would be a source of inspiration to a global readership in the form of a devotional.
"My Utmost for His Highest" devotional, a choice title chosen from yet again another quote from Chambers teachings, has to its credit, sold over 13 million copies, since the centennial anniversary of the author’s passing. Amazingly, it remains in print to this day.
Influence Of The Devotional
The devotional is read by a host of people from all walk of life, with one commonality: They want a deeper Christian walk with God, as their hunger parallels that of Chambers who always encouraged his listeners, amidst the challenges and distractions of life, “to venture on (God’s) word; trust entirely to him and watch that when he brings us to the venture, we take it."
Its appeal, of course, is partly due to the very disposition of its author who for the greater part of his relatives and alarmingly shortened life on earth, was a man of deep meditation and driven to total surrender to God and His will.
Oswald Chambers did not begin to communicate the message of Christ’s redemptive purpose as a preacher, but progressed into it after his commitment to the study and work of art. He would go on to say:
It takes me a long while to realize that God has no respect for anything I bring him. All he wants from me is unconditional surrender.
Legacy Of The Devotional
Recently, a documentation of the influence of this devotional has been published, sampling the testimonials of a diverse array of people, each with their unique back-stories and personal life-changing encounters as they course through the devotional.
From an assemblage of Oswald Chambers’ teachings by his wife, Gertrude Hobbs, to its upgrade into an updated printed version, a downloadable app, as well as a strong social media presence, My Utmost for His Highest, has not just struggled to remain relevant but thrives with ever increasing relevance. Indeed this is one devotional that may be relevant for a long time to come.
We may not know how long-lasting our actions and statements would be. We may not know how many generations can be impacted by the things we say and do today. So it is best to heed the advice of scripture that says to let your words be seasoned with grace.