September 03, 2013

What's Your R.B.I.? - Janis Cox

Oswald Chambers makes me think - really think. He speaks the Word clearly. He challenges me.

Every morning as I read his words I write down important points.

Today I wrote more than one or two.

The Challenge: To Be Holy

That's a tall order. But Chambers puts it clearly.

1. Restate continually the purpose for your life.

Now that might be a good thing for me to do every morning as a prayer.
Father, I am yours. Help me to be aware of Your work here and show me how I can be a part of that plan.

2. Be rightly related with God.

Father, I confess that there are many times I think of only myself - my plans - my desires. Help me to tone down me and see You more fully.

3.  Inside me: Jesus saved me to be holy.

This is the toughest one, I think, because Chambers says being holy means:

  • walking unsullied
  • talking unsullied
  • thinking unsullied

Awareness is the key here, Lord. I know that:
every detail of [my] life is under the scrutiny of God (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, September 1).


Father, help me to be aware of the pitfalls during my day. Help me to pull back from them and to be holy as You are holy. And I pray in Jesus' name. AMEN.

So every morning I want to remember to:

Restate my Purpose
Be rightly related to God
Inside me - bring out the holiness of God 

Oh - RBI - Runs Batted In

Can I make a hit or more than one every day? Maybe I could keep a tally of my RBIs?

In any case, let's score big for Jesus.

The following are Scriptures that will make you think about holiness.

 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:6-7, NIV).

On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you (John 14:20, NIV).

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator
Janis, a retired school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe Writers Fellowship.


  1. Awesome points, Jan. I'm really focussed on doing a better job of living God's Word, and I like how your post makes it so succinct: unsullied.

  2. Thanks Susan,
    Yes focus is the word.. unsullied was Oswald's word - and it really struck me.

  3. Blessed by this today! Thank you, Janis! Great solid reminders on a Christian's prayer life. I love your morning remembers:
    "Restate my Purpose
    Be rightly related to God
    Inside me - bring out the holiness of God "
    They are my reminders now also! Blessings.

  4. I really like this, and will definitely use your tips! Thanks :)

  5. love the quick and easy format. thanks. these are great tips

  6. Janis, what an upbeat take on the thoughts of Oswald Chambers, who I find quite challenging! And thanks for the creative "RBI", too.

  7. Thanks Kathy, Ren, Tracy and Ramona,

    I thank the Lord that in my third time through Oswald he is starting to make sense - and if I can clarify him I am so happy to have done so.



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