The following excerpts come from today’s devotional reading in Oswald Chambers’ classic My Utmost For His Highest. I subscribe to it electronically and it comes to my inbox each day. You might want to do the same. Here is the link.
We tend to say that because a person has natural ability, he will make a good Christian. It is not a matter of our equipment, but a matter of our poverty; not of what we bring with us, but of what God puts into us; not a matter of natural virtues, of strength of character, of knowledge, or of experience— all of that is of no avail in this concern…. God’s friendship is with people who know their poverty. He can accomplish nothing with the person who thinks that he is of use to God.
The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the surrounding influence and qualities produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to give our attention to, and it is the one thing that is continually under attack.