August 30 Am I Convinced By Christ?
“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not . . . , but
rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:19, 20
Jesus Christ says, in effect, Don't rejoice in successful service, but
rejoice because you are rightly related to Me. The snare in Christian work is
to rejoice in successful service, to rejoice in the fact that God has used you.
You never can measure what God will do through you if you are rightly related
to Jesus Christ. Keep your relationship right with Him, then whatever
circumstances you are in, and whoever you meet day by day, He is pouring rivers
of living water through you, and it is of His mercy that He does not let you
know it. When once you are rightly related to God by salvation and
sanctification, remember that wherever you are, you are put there by God; and
by the reaction of your life on the circumstances around you, you will fulfil
God's purpose, as long as you keep in the light as God is in the light.
The tendency to-day is to put the emphasis on service. Beware of the
people who make usefulness their ground of appeal. If you make usefulness the
test, then Jesus Christ was the greatest failure that ever lived. The lodestar
of the saint is God Himself, not estimated usefulness. It is the work that God
does through us that counts, not what we do for Him. All that Our Lord heeds in
a man's life is the relationship of worth to His Father. Jesus is bringing many
sons to glory.