If God Be Our Master…

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. – Romans 6:13

If I glorify God as God, then I desire to obey God’s commandments, to spread His glory, to magnify His name. I desire in all things to please Him, if indeed I treat Him as God should be treated. If I know God, and yet live for my own profit, for my own honour, for my own comfort, then I do not glorify God as God. When the Lord is glorified as God, we yield ourselves to His control without a murmur. He may take what He will away from us, and we say, “It is the Lord: let Him do what seemeth Him good.” He may remove every comfort from us, and cover us with sore boils and blains, but we shall sit down with Job upon the dunghill, and say, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” We shall feel the force of Elijah’s cry, “If the Lord be God, follow Him.” We shall rouse ourselves to the utmost energy to serve Him when He stands before us as really God. If we serve man and are faithful, we do the best we can for our master; but if God be our Master, oh, what service we are bound to render to Him! What enthusiasm ought to be kindled in our breast by the belief that we are God’s servants! “I am Thy servant,” is our happy claim, our honoured challenge. This it is that makes a man of a man, and something more than man. Oh, to learn this lesson, and to practise it! To glorify God as God will make us akin to angels! Even you Christians may feel that this is much beyond you yet, but towards it you must ever fly. I shrink before my Lord in speaking of Him, but I desire what I have not yet attained-that I may truly glorify Him as my Lord and my God. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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