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Friday, December 18, 2015

Good works in good company

Good works in good company

‘Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; 
let us lodge in the villages. 
Let us get up early to the vineyards; 
let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: 
there will I give thee my loves.’ 
Song of Solomon 7:11–12

Suggested Further Reading: 
Luke 10:38–42

Some persons imagine that one cannot serve Christ actively and yet have fellowship with him. I think they are very much mistaken. 

I confess it is very easy to get into Martha’s position, and to be cumbered with much serving; you may have to preach here and there so many times a week, to attend committees, to visit sick people, and to do so many other things, that you may really, unless you are careful, fritter away your own inward life in outward exercises. 

I do not think, however, that there is any reason why this should be the case except through our own folly. 
Certain is it that a person may do nothing at all, and yet grow quite lifeless in spiritual things. 

Mary was not praised for sitting still; no, but for sitting still at Jesus’ feet. And so, Christians are not to be praised, if they neglect duties, merely because they live in retirement, and keep much at home: it is not sitting, I say, but sitting at Jesus’ feet. 

Had Martha been sitting still, or had Mary been sitting anywhere else, I doubt not that the Master would have given a word of rebuke: he would never had said that mere sitting still was choosing the good part. 

Indeed, I know some of you who are none the better for doing nothing, but a great deal the worse; for those who do nothing grow sour, and are always willing to find fault with the way in which others serve Christ. 

Do not think, therefore, that mere activity is in itself an evil: I believe it is a blessing. Taking a survey of Christ’s church, you will find that those who have most fellowship with Christ, are not the persons who are recluses or hermits, who have much time to spend with themselves, but they are the useful indefatigable labourers who are toiling for Jesus.

For meditation: 

Devotion to God and his Word is not an alternative to Christian service. Devotion should lead to action; action should spring from devotion (Joshua 1:8; Daniel 11:32; 2 Timothy 3:16–17).

Sermon no. 605
18 December (1864)

is to share the precious word of God,
without acquiring any MONETARY REWARD. 
God gave me the salvation for "FREE", 
so I share the gospel of his word the same way .. 
Blessings to all of You, rejoice in the sublime 
and infallible Word of God.  
 If you are NOT a believer in Jesus Christ, 
you can be accepted into his kingdom. 
 I invite you to let him to make of you what He always wanted. 

Marvelous God Almighty, 
 I come to you in the precious name of Jesus, 
who died for me to make me free of sin, 
 I want Jesus to enter into my heart and make me free.
 I confess that He is the son of God.
 I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand
 your Holy Word full of promises of eternal value,
 not only to live on this earth, 
but to be expectant of my life in heaven.
 In the precious name of Jesus I ask. 
“The true minister of Christ knows that 
the true value of a sermon must lie, 
 not in its fashion and manner, 
but in the truth which it contains.” 

.... Reflection and inspiration from the 
"Prince of Preachers,"

~Charles Haddon Spurgeon~ 


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