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As Christians we belong to Christ. God has adopted us into his family to the point that we have been made Joint Heirs with Christ (Rom 8:17).
Think of someone who is an heir to an estate. To be an heir is a very personal family matter one that an outsider has no natural access to nor benefit from. We are no longer outsiders but rather members of the family of God, we are his children, “…and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…”(Rom 8:17).
This should effect every part of our being. How amazing is it that we belong to Christ? And as Spurgeon emphasizes here it should effect how we live, and how we respond to temptation.
When we live in response to this great truth we seek to portray His greatness with our lives and not our own. And when tempted by sin we shouldn’t give in to the simple pleasures of this world but rather stand in His strength, equipped with the full armor of God(Eph 6:10-20), and fight. Proclaiming that we are not our own to do with haphazardly, but rather, we belong to Jesus.
May the majesty of our great Father in Heaven astound you this morning.
It is especially easy today in a world of lattes and mochas, top 40 Christian music, and a plethora of bible covers in all shapes and sizes to get comfortable in doing church. Spurgeon, this evening, is exhorting us to leave our comfort zones and plush coffee house sofas and re-familiarize ourselves with the heartbeat of the great commission – to share the gospel as it has been shared to you.
Like newly cracked glow sticks we have been illuminated with the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2Cor 4:6) and placed in a dark world to shine. Yet some of us would prefer to hide that shining light and retreat to the comfortable confines of our own living rooms to enjoy the light all for ourselves.
but the hiding of Christ in us can never be justified, and the keeping back of truth which is precious to ourselves is a sin against others and an offence against God.
We have not all been given the gift or talent of public speaking but that does not excuse us from shining brightly the truth that God has bestowed within us to this dark world.
If thou canst not speak with trumpet tongue, use the still small voice. – M. & E.
He has given each of us a testimony by the amazing grace that transformed our lives. To share the greatness of God is to revel in the personal conversion of our souls by his grace.
May the lords greatness ever be a praise upon our lips and “from the hidden springs within let sweetly flowing rivulets of testimony flow forth, giving drink to every passerby. Hide not thy talents…”! – M. & E.