Thursday, January 16, 2020
“The angels of God serve Him with songs, not with groans; a murmur or a sigh would be a mutiny in their ranks. That obedience that is not voluntary is disobedience, for the Lord looks at the heart, and if He sees that we serve Him from force, and not because we love Him, He will reject our offering.” – C.H. Spurgeon
“Tell your brother that you’re sorry,” I instructed Matt after he had punched his younger brother Chris a little too forcefully. “Sorry,” he spit out tersely, not meaning a single syllable.
We laugh about such childhood memories now, but there is a spiritual truth behind this one. An insincere apology is really no apology at all. Likewise, grudging worship is not true worship and so, we shouldn’t be shocked or surprised when God refuses to accept it.
Here is how Charles Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers” once put it…
“Service coupled with cheerfulness is heart-service and therefore true. Take away joyful willingness from the Christian, and you have removed the test of his sincerity. If a man be driven to battle, he is no patriot; but he who marches into the fray with flashing eye and beaming face, singing, "It is sweet for one's country to die," proves himself to be sincere in his patriotism.”
“Let us show to the people of the world, who think our religion to be slavery, that it is to us a delight and a joy!”
Do you “report for duty” in the Lord’s service each day with less than full devotion? Or do you enthusiastically enlist, ready to joyfully fulfill that day’s assignment, regardless how dreary or dangerous it may be? Attitude matters!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President