134. Rejoice

The End Time Men
W.W. Fischer
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Lk. 10:20 π 1 Jn. 1:7

“Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” ( Lk. 10:20; top )

Our blessed Charismatics specialize in proclaiming, “Go out and do something for God!”

Our Blessed Savior says, in essence, “Don't rejoice in service for Me, but rejoice because you are properly related to Me.”

There are a multitude of Christians who, because they are not on a mission field, or they aren’t a radio or T.V. evangelist, or behind a pulpit, have been made to feel like second-class Christians. This ought not be so.

Susanna Wesley was never exalted for her great service to God, yet produced John and Charles Wesley, whose disciplined lives bore the fruit of obedience to God, as they were used by God to save England by a great outpouring of His Spirit, from political and spiritual anarchy. She also had 17 other children to raise.

Her desire was not service for God, but to bring her family up in fear and obedience to the Lord. She said, “...self-will is the root of all sin and misery,” and “...that religion is nothing else than doing the will of God and not our own.”

The stamp of approval on a Christian is not his service for God but the Christ-likeness of his character - and he doesn’t practice, nor premeditate, to perform the fruits of the Spirit. They perform automatically.

We are to stay in the light as He is in the light. (see 1 Jn. 1:7; top )

A great amount of what is done today under the label of Christian service will burn as hay, wood and stubble - the proof is the anemic condition of today’s Church: its compromising, socializing, politicizing and programming has produced a generation of Christians with divided hearts and disloyalty toward Almighty God.

There was a time when the Church was a threat to sin and tyranny, but no more. The main threat today is the decision whether to have cushioned pews or not as part of our building programs.

Our heavenly rewards will not be according to our productiveness or our service for God; it will be directly according to our obedient, intimate, Christ-like relationship to Almighty God.

133. Awesome God π 135. Philippians 4:13
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