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B803 Saved to Serve

Psa 50:5  “Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

Christ’s Self Sacrificing Spirit & Unceasing Labours

MH 161 (Helping the Tempted) “Not because we first loved Him did Christ love us; but “while we were yet sinners” He died for us.  He does not treat us according to our desert.  Although our sins have merited condemnation, He does not condemn us.  Year after year He has borne with our weakness and ignorance, with our ingratitude and waywardness.  Notwithstanding our wanderings, our hardness of heart, our neglect of His Holy Word, His hand is stretched out still.

  “Grace is an attribute of God exercised toward undeserving human beings.  We did not seek for it, but it was sent in search of us.  God rejoices to bestow His grace upon us, not because we are worthy, but because we are so utterly unworthy.  Our only claim to His mercy is our great need.”

Do I accept Christ?  Yes?  Then, Do I accept His Service?

1.  Christ’s Offer

2.  My acceptance

3.  My Acceptable Service

2 Cor 5:18  “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”

GC 467-468 “The first step in reconciliation to God is the conviction of sin. …. In order to see his guilt, the sinner must test his character by God’s great standard of righteousness.  It is a mirror which shows the perfection of a righteous character and enables him to discern the defects in his own.

  “The law reveals to man his sins, but it provides no remedy.  While it promises life to the obedient, it declares that death is the portion of the transgressor.  The gospel of Christ alone can free him from the condemnation or the defilement of sin.  He must exercise repentance toward God, whose law has been transgressed; and faith in Christ, his atoning sacrifice.  Thus he obtains “remission of sins that are past” and becomes a partaker of the divine nature.  He is a child of God, having received the spirit of adoption, whereby he cries: “Abba, Father!””

GC 468 “In the new birth the heart is brought into harmony with God, as it is brought into accord with His law.  When this mighty change has taken place in the sinner, he has passed from death unto life, from sin unto holiness, from transgression and rebellion to obedience and loyalty.  The old life of alienation from God has ended; the new life of reconciliation, of faith and love, has begun.”

Restore, Bring back to friendship, union, agreement or contentment.

The Divine Imperative p189 “To believe in God is to dedicate our lives to the cause of His kingdom in the world. … The second commandment flows out from the first.  When a man turns to God desiring to serve Him, God directs his attention to the world and its need.”

  1. Love the Lord thy God …
  2. Love thy neighbour as thyself … (Matt 22:37-40)

Our Ministry of Reconciliation

1 Cor 3:9  “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.”

Dr Griffith Thomas “The Christian is not the agent, but the instrument; not the workman, but the tool;  it is not “I and Christ”, nor “Christ and I”, but “Christ through me”; as Paul says, “According to the power that worketh in us””.

6BC 1087 “God has not given us work merely to keep us busy, but for His name’s glory.  Many are busily engaged gathering wood, hay, stubble.  But this will all be consumed, leaving nothing to prepare souls for that great day when every work is to be tried by fire.  Many will find that the work that has occupied their time and attention has perished with the using, and that they themselves have barely been saved, as by fire.”

6BC 1087  “… By God’s appointment each man has his post of duty.  The careful, prayerful inquiry is to be made, What duty is assigned us individually, as men and women under accountability to God?  And whether our labor be wholly limited to spiritual things, or whether it is temporal and spiritual combined, we are to faithfully discharge our work.  Things secular and things sacred must be combined, but spiritual things are not to be hidden by secular matters.”

A Personal Call to Duty

Isa 6:8  “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

            Never say ‘No!’ to God – in His providential or obvious call.

MH 148 “In giving light to His people anciently, God did not work exclusively through any one class.  Daniel was a prince of Judah.  Isaiah also was of the royal line.  David was a shepherd boy, Amos a herdsman, Zechariah a captive from Babylon, Elisha a tiller of the soil.  The Lord raised up as His representatives prophets and princes, the noble and the lowly, and taught them the truths to be given to the world.

  “To everyone who becomes a partaker of His grace the Lord appoints a work for others.  Individually we are to stand in our lot and place, saying, “Here am I; send me.” Isa 6:8.   Upon the minister of the word, the missionary nurse, the Christian physician, the individual Christian, whether he be merchant or farmer, professional man or mechanic – the responsibility rests upon all.  It is our work to reveal to men the gospel of their salvation.  Every enterprise in which we engage should be a means to this end.”

Isa 41:6-7  “They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage. 7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the soldering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.”

Light on Lifes Duties p46 “It is not enough to give our time, or energy, or money.  Many will gladly give anything, rather than themselves.  None of these will be accounted as a sufficient substitute by Him who gave, not only His possessions, but his very self for us.  As Jesus was all for us, He asks that we should be all for Him – body, soul, and spirit; one’s reasonable service and gift.”

As the fire never went out on the altar of burnt offering, so Christians ought to be continually engaged in service for God – SI 5228

Prov 11:30  “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”

2 Cor 9:8  “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things,may abound to every good work:”

When God calls us to a work He gives the needed strength.  Not one of us knows the possibilities of usefulness, that lie dormant in his hand, brain, or heart.  The Lord can use human feebleness as well as human strength.

2 Chron 15:7  “Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.”

Nehemiah – Let us Build

Neh 2:17-18  “Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.  Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.”

Neh 6:3-4  “And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?  Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner.”

1 Cor 15:58  “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

What reasons are advanced for zeal in the Lord’s work?

1.  Urgency of the Task

John 4:35  “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”

2.  Scarcity of Labourers

Luke 10:2  “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”

3.  Shortness of Time

Eph 5:14-16  “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Rom 13:11-12  “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”

8T 35-36 “…  And looking afar off to some distant field, those who know the truth are indifferently passing by the needy fields close to them.  Christ says: “Go work today in My vineyard.”  …

  “… A special message is now to be borne, a message that will pierce the spiritual darkness and convict and convert souls.  “Haste thee, flee for thy life,” is the call to be given to those dwelling in sin.  We must now be terribly in earnest.  We have not a moment to spend in criticism and accusation.”

This is not a bustle of activity, but a set, determined purpose for the Lord.

Daily Reading Nov 22 “We have each a work to do for the Master.  Will we do this work, will we labor with unselfish, self-sacrificing interest to build up His cause, to advance His work?  I am determined to do the will of God, to make straight paths for my feet, lest the lame be turned out of the way.  There are halting, lame ones enough. …. God forbid that any of those who have had a knowledge of, and an experience in, the workings of God should themselves be halting, and need to be carried.  Let them come up to help; let them become spiritually strong by doing the will of our heavenly Father, and then they can help the halting, lame ones.” (7BC 967)

Daily Reading Nov 22 “Shall not this be the time when all who are in connection with God shall come to the front and show their colors?  Shall it be seen that men and women step back and show no interest, no zeal, no earnest effort when help is needed?  When the car drags heavily, then is the time for everyone to push, put shoulders to the wheels, and not stand back giving orders, or accusing the ones who are trying to push the load, or criticizing everything they do, because it is not done in their way and after their ideas. …. Let everyone do his level best to move the load with might and strength…” (7BC 967)

Set Purpose, & Set Goals:

Acts 20:24  “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

Joseph set his goal:  PP 213 “Then his thoughts turned to his father’s God. …. He then and there gave himself fully to the Lord, and he prayed that the Keeper of Israel would be with him in the land of his exile.”

Paul’s Claim:

2 Tim 4:7  “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”

Our influence:

2 Cor 9:2  “For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.”

The Reward

1 Cor 3:8  “Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.”

SI 5965 “No pain, no palm;  No thorn, no throne;  No gall, no glory;  No cross, no crown.”

                                                                                                                                       Wm Penn

All desire Gold, but dread the digging

A cat loves fish, but will not wade to catch it.

MH 476-477 “… Every man has his place in the eternal plan of heaven.  Whether we fill that place depends upon our own faithfulness in co-operating with God.

  ‘We need to beware of self-pity.  Never indulge the feeling that you are not esteemed as you should be, that your efforts are not appreciated, that your work is too difficult.  Let memory of what Christ has endured for us silence every murmuring thought.  We are treated better than was our Lord.  “Seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not.” Jer 45:5The Lord has no place in His work for those who have a greater desire to win the crown than to bear the cross.  He wants men who are more intent upon doing their duty than upon receiving their reward – men who are more solicitous for principle than for promotion.”

1 Pet 5:4  “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”

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