Delivered to serve Christ

Luke 1:74,76
It is a great and cruel fallacy toward God and man to believe that we are saved merely to be satisfy our self. “And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” (Lk.5:10).

Such a debased thought is not worthy of the grace of God.

The man who eats only to be satisfied is a selfish glutton and a worshipper of his stomach.

We eat to live, to love and labour. The provision of God made for us in Christ is to enable us to live before God, to love our fellowmen, and labour for Christ and His cause , “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (Jh.4:35)

There is a great deliverance. It is by grace. We have been delivered out of the hand of our enemies. Hear in this setting we are reminded that this deliverance is all of grace, (Eph 2:8) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

It is because of His mercy that we are not consumed by the works of the Devil,             ( (Lk. 22:31) “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:” , We need to be set free From the enemy. Sin is one of the enemies out of whose hand we need deliverance.

In giving us the Lamb of God, God has also given us a grant of freedom from sin (Rom. 6:18). “ Sin shall not have dominion over you, ’ for ye are not under law, but under grace” (Rom. 6:14). Let us claim this grant.

We need deliverance From the enemy of self. Self. If sin is not to be allowed to lord it over us, the self-seeking must be put in it’s place, (1Cor. 9:27) “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

The apostle Paul considers his body as an enemy with which he must contend;

He must mortify it by self-denial, abstinence, and severe labour; it must be the slave of his soul, and not the soul the slave of the body, which in all unregenerate men is the case.

As long as the carnal mined has power over us, we will be the servant of sin. It is by the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ that we win the victory.

We need to be set free from the enemy,Satan. Satan, the great accuser is always ready to bring some railing accusation against the Lord, against His Gospel, or against us.

We are not ignorant of His devices. “ Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand” (Eph.6:11).

There is a purpose for our freedom. He hath delivered us that we might serve Him. We are saved to serve. We have been freed from sin that we might become servants to God (Rom. 6:18). It is good to be able to say “Thank God, I am saved,” but it is better to be able to say “Thank God, I am the bond slave of Jesus Christ.”

It is good that we might serve the Lord. “One is your Master, even Christ. “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do” Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth.

We must serve Him with all of our heart. God first, not the Church, not a cause, not the good principle, but the living Christ, out ever present gracious Lord, whose we are.

We must Christ serve him without fear. If we love the Lord with all our heart this will be the character of our service, for there is no fear in love; perfect love casteth out fear. Having received the Spirit of adoption we are saved from slavish fear and serve in the love of a son (Rom. 8:15).

Let us serve him in holiness. As saved ones we are ” called with a holy calling” (II.Tim. 1:9). Called into the holy priesthood, having been washed and clothed with holy robes that we might minister in holy things as we eat the holy meat. They must be clean who bear the vessels of the Lord. He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy (1.Pt.1:15).

Let us serve him in true righteousness. Our new man is created after God in righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:24).

So the new man is expected to serve God in righteousness as well as in holiness. “ In holiness” may refer to the nature of God within us; “in righteousness,” to the Word of God before us.

His holy nature imparted to us gives us fitness for service.

The Lord’s holy Word gives us righteous principles for guidance in service “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Ps.105-112)

The word of God directs us in our work and way, and a dark place indeed the world would be without it.

The commandment of God is a lamp kept burning with the oil of the Spirit, as a light to direct us in the choice of our way, and the steps we take in that way.

The keeping of God’s commands here meant, was that of a sinner under a dispensation of mercy, of a believer having part in the covenant of grace.

The psalmist is often afflicted; but with longing desires to become more holy, offers up daily prayers for quickening grace. We cannot offer any thing to God, that he will accept but what he is pleased to teach us to do.

To have our soul or life continually in our hands, implies constant danger of life; yet David did not forget God’s promises nor his precepts.

Numberless are the snares laid by the wicked; and happy is that servant of God, whom they have not caused to err from his Master’s precepts

Let us serve the Lord. Sweet is the service that is rendered in the consciousness of His presence and done as standing before Him. Elijah could speak of “the Lord God of Israel before whom I stand” (1.Kings 17:1).

Abraham walked before God. Serving the Lord is the remedy for the fear of man, and the secret of deliverance from dishonouring God by presenting eloquent prayers to great audiences.

Serve him all the days of our life. There is no discharge in this holy war.

The Levite might retire after a limited number of years of service, but those delivered from sin and wrath by the blood of Jesus Christ are to serve Him all the days of their life, (Heb 12:28) “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”

In the days of bodily infirmity and weakness, when we can do nothing but look, may that look be the look of blessed submission and holy trust. Yes, Lord, all the days of my life and of Thy life.

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