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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

Reason for the Season

 


 

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


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Previous devotions


"Marching Orders" - March 26, 2014
"Sharing Jesus" - March 19, 2014
"The Importance of the Evening Service" - March 5, 2014
"Back to the Basics of Love" - February 12, 2014
"Preservation" - February 5, 2014
"The Basics of Tithing" - January 22, 2014
"A Sure Foundation" - January 15, 2014
"Renewing the Inner Man" - January 1, 2014
"The Reason for the Season" - December 11, 2013
"The Merry Side of Christmas" - December 4, 2013
"Thanks for Everything" - November 13, 2013
"Days of Thanks" - November 6, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 2" - October 30, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 1" - October 23, 2013
"A Winning Team" - October 16, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility" - October 9, 2013
"Blamestorming" - October 2, 2013
"Hope Bearers" - September 18, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue" - September 11, 2013
"Now I See" - September 4, 2013
"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013

"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013




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Words of Truth - April 2, 2014