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What an exhortation for us this morning… “Brethren, pray for us.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:25
Do we pray enough for the elders of our church? How often do we find ourselves criticizing (even if just in our hearts) the work of the leaders in the church… grumbling about how things should be done? The exhortation this morning is simple and clear… pray, pray, pray for your pastors, elders, leaders.
Miserable men are we if we miss the aid of your prayers, but happy are we if we live in your supplications. You do not look to us but to our Master for spiritual blessings, and yet how many times has He given those blessings through His ministers; ask then, again and again, that we may be the earthen vessels into which the Lord may put the treasure of the gospel.
I think we’d all agree that life is a good thing, especially when contrasted with death. Tonight we meditate on the glories of this one word that Christ spoke to us when he opened our eyes to His manifold grace…. Live! We were dead in our trespasses and sins… Christ intervened and gave us life. The change that took place in our eternal position (from death to life) should also cause a change in the way we live here on earth. When we understand what took place in the Almighty washing our sins away and adopting us into His family… it will have a profound affect on our daily activities. My prayer for myself tonight is just that… to have my daily life affected by God freely giving me life… more and more and more each day.
I leave you with this last quote from Spurgeon… this is a great exhortation!
When sinners are saved, it is only and solely because God will do it to magnify His free, unpurchased, unsought grace. Christians, see your position, debtors to grace; show your gratitude by earnest, Christlike lives, and as God has bidden you live, see to it that you live in earnest.