This is a Blog for those interested in following hard after His heart. Those willing to strive to live a moment by moment life as we go through the transformation process with Him. It is not an easy life but the Father expects each of us to become an offering for His pleasure. So, if this is you, then let’s journey together hand in hand. I am humbled that you have chosen to walk with me. Thanks!
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23 June, 2014
Christ in Service
Octavius Winslow, 1863
"Surely, I am with you always — even unto the end of
the world!" Matthew 28:20
Christ is ever with you — in service. The religion of Jesus
is an active, self-denying religion. The Divine Master has left the scene of
His own toil — but He has
given to every disciple, his work. Each has his mission —
something to do for souls, something to accomplish for the Savior, some glory
to bring to God. Realizing in some degree what a debtor to the Lord he is; what he
owes to the love that chose him, to the blood that
ransomed him, to the grace that called him, to the Savior that
gave Himself a sacrifice — the believer exclaims from the depth of his grateful
heart, "Lord, what will you have me to do?" And now, to labor for
Christ is his highest desire and ambition; be the service home or foreign,
pleasant or self-denying, distinguished or obscure, to rule an empire or to
sweep a crossing.
In this service for Christ — Christ is ever with you.
Unseen and unheard, He is close at your side — guiding your judgment,
strengthening your faith, nerving your heart,
sustaining and cheering your spirit, honoring, blessing, and
rewarding your labor. Oh, think not that Christ can leave you for a
moment, while you are active and toiling for Him. He knows all your difficulties,
marks your discouragements, is cognisant of
your infirmities, sees your faintingsand deficiencies,
and how burdensome, delicate, and humbling the task. Do you think, while
engaged in a service of love for His name, the sweat upon your brow, the
pressure of your mind, anxiety and exhaustion absorbing life itself, foes
threatening, friends chiding, your own heart often misgiving — that Christ will
leave you? Oh, never! "Lo I am
with you always" — all days — are the words with which He seeks to
strengthen and cheer you on in your work of faith and labor of love which you
show for His dear name.
Christ must ever be with us in all the duties of life. We must have His
presence as a power in our hearts. "I am with you always," has
cheered thousands of hearts in the midst of arduous labors in His service.