I know there are lots of folks familiar with the devotional by Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest. I’ve enjoyed it myself for years (still receive it daily in my email), and have copies in the original printing and also a copy in contemporary language by James Reimann; very good stuff. It was my experience and enjoyment of this devotional classic that prompted my purchase of Studies in the Sermon on the Mount: God’s Character and the Believer’s Conduct also by Oswald Chambers. I have one word for you that describes my impressions; magnificent. There.
I am one of the group of people that believe Jesus was describing his kingdom followers on this earth when he spoke the words and teaching of the Sermon on the Mount. It is for this reason that I take such a particular fondness to this work by Oswald Chambers. Rest assured, this little book is not for the faint of heart. If you are familiar with the devotional works of My Utmost for His Highest, you’ll already be used to the no-holds-barred delivery of Chambers. He certainly doesn’t pull any punches. I love it. In a day and age where many would rather explain away the teaching of Jesus or reduce it to winsome metaphors, Oswald yanks our heads out of the clouds and plants us firmly back on the ground with a “He means what He speaks, people” call to arms. Check this:
“Beware of placing our Lord as Teacher first instead of Savior. That tendency is prevalent today, and it is a dangerous tendency. We must know Him first as Savior before His teaching can have any meaning for us or before it can have any meaning other than that of an ideal that leads to despair.”
If you’ve got the moxy and a heart to really take in the teaching of Jesus, I suggest giving this little book a good read. It’s not a big book at around one hundred pages or so, and it’s not terribly expensive (sacrifice a mcmeal or venti latte or two and you’ll have it covered). Highly recommended… read it and weep, with tears of repentant joy.