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Heavenly food and perfect service! What does that mean? I often reflect on the message Solomon gave us at the end of the Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 12. After musing about everything under the sun, he comes to the conclusion that “vanity of vanities, all is vanity”. He goes on to declare the conclusion of the matter, “fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all”.
What are those commandments? Love the Lord your God with all your heart mind and soul and as Jesus teaches in John 15:12 “love one another as I have loved you”. On these henge all the law and the prophets. Spurgeon points out that we have a lot to learn concerning the design of our Lord in giving us His grace. “The Lord feeds and refreshes our souls so that we may use our renewed strength in the promotion of His Glory”. Jesus teaches in John 15:8, “By this is my Father glorified that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples”. As Spurgeon points out, “we eat the bread of heaven so that we can expend our strength in the Master’s service.
It’s about abiding, not works. We receive from Him what we need to glorify Him; that we may give praise and thanksgiving to Him and to each other, love grace and mercy. Ultimately, He is Glorified, which is all that matters.
“The secular mind always maps out for itself a way in which self can work and become great, but the Lord’s way is quite the reverse.” “Believing and being baptized are not matters of merit to be gloried in – they are so simple that boasting is excluded.” “To believe is simply to trust, to depend, to rely on Christ Jesus.” “To be baptized is to submit to the ordinance that our Lord fulfilled at Jordan … as an outward sign that portrays our death, burial and resurrection with Jesus.”
“Not by works lest anyone should boast, our salvation is the Gift of God”. We have no standing with God apart from Christ, our Redeemer.