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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
"Love Constrains Us"
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:” II Corinthians 5:14
A missionary in Africa was once asked if he really liked what he was doing. His response was shocking. "Do I like this work?" he said. "No. My wife and I do not like dirt. We have reasonably-refined sensibilities. We do not like crawling into vile huts through goat refuse...But is a man to do nothing for Christ he does not like? God pity him, if not. Liking or disliking has nothing to do with it. We have orders to 'Go,' and we go. Love constrains us."
I think too many Christians are waiting for God to give them that calling that suits them. They don't want to be shackled down to a miserable job serving the Lord in an undesirable way. After all, how could it be God's will if it's not enjoyable? I mean, every lady in the nursery just loves crying children, and those who are in the bus ministry just love loud, hot bus rides, and the pastor just loves to hear all the problems and he enjoys criticism. No, friend, not every job for Jesus is enjoyable, but serving Him is!
Are you looking for something that brings you happiness, or are you seeking to bring Him joy? We ought to love our Saviour enough to do what He commands. It is not always enjoyable to be rejected when you give the Gospel, nor is it fun to give up worldly pleasures to be a cleaner Christian, but it is enjoyable knowing that you have obeyed from the heart and pleased the Father.
Serving God takes sacrifice. Sacrifice requires giving up life. Giving up your life requires love. Let's give our lives up for the love of the Lord. I believe that's when we will truly start to live!
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23
“He that findeth his life shall lose it:and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39