Oswald Chambers was noted for his "deep spirituality," even as a very young man, and he also was gifted musically and had engaged in study of the visual arts both at the University of Edinburgh and at the Royal College of Art.
Both his parents were Christian evangelists who had moved from Aberdeen, Scotland, to Stoke-on-Trent when he was a toddler; when his father, the Rev. Clarence Chambers, had become the Home Missions evangelist for the North Staffordshire Baptist Association. The family later returned to Scotland when Rev. Chambers took charge of a parish in Perth, and then they relocated to London, when Oswald was a teenager.
According to David McCasland's 1993 biography, "Oswald Chambers: Abandoned To God : the life story of the author of My Utmost for His Highest," at the age of 36, in 1911, Oswald founded the Bible Training College at 45 North Side, Clapham Common, in Greater London, in what Oswald himself described as an "embarrassingly elegant" property, that had been purchased by the Pentecostal League of Prayer --
Like Pope Francis, Oswald Chambers believed that the work of those who followed Christ involved an engagement of both the poor and the 'poor of heart.'
He believed that he ought to give to everyone who asked something of him. "No one was ever turned away from the door and whatever the person asked for, whether money, a winter overcoat, or a meal, was given," he explained.
"Savvy London residents were appalled by Chambers' seeming lack of discernment in a city known for its network of beggars who quickly told each other the location of 'easy marks.' Chambers replied: "My responsibility is to give. God will look after who asks."
In finding the courage to join in the experience of the Passion of Christ, in this Holy Week, we also join in receiving the joy of the Resurrection of Christ, It is through the destruction of whatever separates us from God that we become free from its enslavement.
This is one aspect of the discussion set forth in Paul's letter to the Romans:
In "My Utmost For His Highest," at the entry for April the 12th, Oswald Chambers writes:
Co-Eternal Life. Eternal life is the life which Jesus Christ exhibited on the human level. And it is this same life, not simply a copy of it, which is made evident in our mortal flesh when we are born again. Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift of God.
The energy and the power which was so very evident in Jesus will be exhibited in us by an act of the absolute sovereign grace of God, once we have made that complete and effective decision about sin.
“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you . . .” (Acts 1:8) — not power as a gift from the Holy Spirit; the power is the Holy Spirit, not something that He gives us.
The life that was in Jesus becomes ours because of His Cross, once we make the decision to be identified with Him.
If it is difficult to get right with God, it is because we refuse to make this moral decision about sin. But once we do decide, the full life of God comes in immediately.
Jesus came to give us an endless supply of life “. . . that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).
Eternal life has nothing to do with time. It is the life which Jesus lived when He was down here, and the only Source of life is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Even the weakest saint can experience the power of the deity of the Son of God, when he is willing to “let go.”
But any effort to “hang on” to the least bit of our own power will only diminish the life of Jesus in us.
We have to keep letting go, and slowly, but surely, the great full life of God will invade us, penetrating every part. Then Jesus will have complete and effective dominion in us, and people will take notice that we have been with Him.
Death no longer has dominion over Him. . . . the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God . . . — Romans 6:9-11"