SERVING THE LORD
Jesse M. Hendley
I Corinthians 16:58
Friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to
the Book of First Corinthians, chapter 16. We are
thinking today about the service of the Lord,
serving the Lord! As the song says, "The longer we
serve Him, the sweeter He grows."
Now there really shouldn't be a chapter division
here between chapter 15 and 16, because the last
verse of chapter 15 says, "My beloved brethren, be
ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the
work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your
labor is not in vain in the Lord." Writing to these
Christians, Paul said they were to be always
abounding, overflowing, energetic, giving all-out
effort in the work of the Lord!
We are in the work that JESUS has given us to do! Is
there a work "of the Lord?" Yes! GOD has a work that
He wants to accomplish in this world and He uses
believers in Jesus to do that work. What a privilege
to be engaged in His work!
God Loves People
Now what is the nature of the work of the Lord?
First of all, we must understand that God loves
people. He loves every soul in the world. Now if you
look around in our world you will not think that is
so, but it is. God loves us. He cares for us
personally. He knows that we are sinners and we are
not fit for heaven. There is no way we can go and
live with Him. We cannot go up to heaven but he can
come down to us. And He has done this in Christ. God
knows we are sinners and He has made the way of
salvation for us. We are born with an evil nature.
Our sinful nature and our sins cannot go into heaven
or we would foul up heaven. So He gave Jesus to die
for our sins, to put them out of His sight forever,
and the person who believes in Jesus has his sins
put away and receives the Holy Spirit into his heart
so that he may live a life of overcoming sin. When
Jesus comes into our hearts, He gives us His nature,
and He begins the process of ...
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