Friday Sundown Worship
Called to Serve
And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, when he comes forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus says the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me. Exodus 8:20
God’s call was clear, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.” Israel was to leave Egypt and serve God. But Pharaoh did not easily release his iron grasp upon God’s people. He dealt deceitfully with Israel as the devil does with us. Study his compromises.
- “Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land” (Exodus 8:25).
- “Only ye shall not go very far away” (verse 28).
- “Go now you that are men” (Exodus 10:11).
- “Go ye, serve the Lord; let your flocks and your herds be stayed” (verse 24).
- Go, serve the Lord, as ye have said” (exodus 12:31).
“IN THE LAND” God called Israel to get out of Egypt just as He has called us to get out of Babylon. “Come out of her, my people.” Jesus came to save us, not in our sins, but from our sins. If Jesus does not save us from our sins, He does not save us at all. There is no such thing as a partial salvation. Sin is a disease germ that kills – if you do not kill it, it kills you. You must get out of sin and sin must get out of you.
“I WILL LET YOU GO, . . . ONLY YOU SHALL NOT GO VER FAR AWAY.” See how the devil would have us linger near Egypt; near enough to see the sights, hear the sounds, and breathe the tainted atmosphere; near enough to be contaminated, tempted, and drawn back into the vortex of iniquity; back into slavery to a tyrant who would rule us, and ruin us, body, mind, and soul. Satan says to many who have heard Christ’s call: “All right go serve Christ – only don’t go very far away; do not get too careful about the little things. Do not go too far in our religion.” Ah! That’s the wisdom of the serpent who likes to be near enough to his prey to charm it, and then to draw the helpless thing into the jaws of death. O flee from the temper while you can. Flee from sin. Go! Serve the Lord as He has said.
Beholding the Love of God
Behold, manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not. I John 3:1
John was called the beloved disciple. He was the one who leaned on Jesus’ breast. He had heard the heartthrobs of his Lord. If anyone could have described the love of God surely John the best qualified. And yet he did not attempt it. Instead, he pleads with us to behold this love for ourselves. “As John beholds the height, the depth, and the breadth of the Father’s love toward our perishing race, he is filled with admiration and reverence. He cannot find suitable language to express this love, but he calls upon the world to behold it: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should no called the sons of God.’ What a value this places upon man!”
John found no words suitable among ancient languages to describe this love. In modern languages we still are at a loss to adequately describe the love of God. “When we seek for appropriate language in which to describe the love of God, we find words to tame, to weak to far beneath the theme, and we lay down our pen and say, ‘No, it cannot be described.’ We can only do as did the beloved disciples, and say, ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” In attempting any description of this love, we feel that we are as infants lisping their first words. Silently we may adore; for silence in this matter is the only eloquence. This love past all language to describe. It is the mystery of God in the flesh, God in Christ, and divinity in humanity.”
We need to know more about this love of God we are to be successful soul winners. “The love of Christ is the only power that can soften the heart and lead to obedience.” Talk to the sinner with your own heart overflowing with tender, pitying love of Christ.”
Love is so patient, so thoughtful, so kind;
Love is the greatest thing you’ll ever find!