. . . and I will give you rest —Matthew 11:28
Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once, asking Him to re-establish your rest. Never allow anything to remain in your life that is causing the unrest. Think of every detail of your life that is causing the disintegration as something to fight against, not as something you should allow to remain. Ask the Lord to put awareness of Himself in you, and your self-awareness will disappear. Then He will be your all in all. Beware of allowing your self-awareness to continue, because slowly but surely it will awaken self-pity, and self-pity is satanic. Don’t allow yourself to say, “Well, they have just misunderstood me, and this is something over which they should be apologizing to me; I’m sure I must have this cleared up with them already.” Learn to leave others alone regarding this. Simply ask the Lord to give you Christ-awareness, and He will steady you until your completeness in Him is absolute.
A complete life is the life of a child. When I am fully conscious of my awareness of Christ, there is something wrong. It is the sick person who really knows what health is. A child of God is not aware of the will of God because he is the will of God. When we have deviated even slightly from the will of God, we begin to ask, “Lord, what is your will?” A child of God never prays to be made aware of the fact that God answers prayer, because he is so restfully certain that God always answers prayer.
If we try to overcome our self-awareness through any of our own commonsense methods, we will only serve to strengthen our self-awareness tremendously. Jesus says, “Come to Me . . . and I will give you rest,” that is, Christ-awareness will take the place of self-awareness. Wherever Jesus comes He establishes rest— the rest of the completion of activity in our lives that is never aware of itself.
from My Utmost for His Highest
*Matthew 11:25-30: At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
The previous devotional, which is this is essentially the second part of.
What is Christ-awareness? Obviously, it sounds like a nice thing to have, and Chambers talks a bit about that. But what is it; what does it look like?
I think there are two parts to it, one is the most literal, having awareness of God. Being constantly mindful of Him. Praying without ceasing. But the second? I believe that is the outward affect, the actions that one with Christ-awareness takes.
It's in our actions that having awareness inherently becomes a problem. Acts of kindness which should be God's glory are instead followed with a, "Oh, aren't I a great person for doing that?" This brings a dilemma: We want to do Christ like things naturally, without thinking. But how can we get to such a point without thinking about it? And that's where growth comes in.
I think of Christ-awareness to be a bit like the step following 'What Would Jesus Do?' A step where you no longer have to ask the said question, you just simply do as Christ wishes. This isn't something we can easily perceive in one another, but is something which results from a personal relationship with God.