Charity and God's WorkBro. David Chancellor
2/23/2003 11:00 AM
We need God and his Spirit and his help as we go through life. Without him we are nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
There is a very real something needed in the hearts of mankind. Charity is a need of mankind. We need to realize how much we need God's Spirit to work in us and speak to us. It takes God moving on us for us to know God. Without charity, all our words are just noise. Being able to speak wonderful things, without the love of God behind it, is not a message. Without charity, we're like music that has lots of notes, but no melody. God's Spirit and love need to move on our hearts if others would receive a benefit. Great things without the moving of God's Spirit and love are nothing. If the love of God isn't in your heart, it is still nothing. We need God, his Spirit, his love, in our hearts to be anything at all. There is no profit in heroics without God's spirit and love upon them. The important thing in our gatherings is that God would be here. Without God's presence, it doesn't have what it needs. God's purpose won't be accomplished without the love of God there. If people would live for God, His love and Spirit are needed. We need to meet God in prayer before we worship, else it will fall flat. God's Spirit is absolutely needed in each life.
And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
In 1 Corinthians it speaks of how the love and Spirit of God are needed in the hearts of men. God is not fighting us. Mankind is fighting against God. It won't go on forever. God put a limit on the striving of man with him. As we consider God's workings, we need to realize that there is a time limit on it. It won't go on forever. We need to be time-conscious. There will be a point in time when things will come to an end. 120 years to us is a long time, yet, even if your life is 120 years, time has a way of running out. God will not always strive. If you see someone you want to make heaven, get stirred, because time is running out. God will not always strive with man. If we would help others come to know God, the window of time is very short. We don't know how much time or opportunity we have to help others. We need to come to service prayed up and ready. Will the ones that come in feel the presence and charity of God? It may be that it will be their last chance. Be careful not to become indifferent to your worship to God. We can't afford to be out of our place with God as opportunities go by. The love of God needs to be shed abroad in us, that we can meet the opportunities. Time goes by so quickly. Be stirred about the things of God and their importance. This is why we're here.
The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
Jesus talked about his being the bread come down from heaven. These couldn't picture Jesus as having come down from heaven. See the importance of God's dealing with us. Unless God's Spirit draws people, they can't find him. People need God's Spirit to speak to them. God does work. The devil would try to discourage people from putting their faith in God. We want people to feel God's presence when they're among us. The still, small voice is spoken of as speaking to people. We want the voice of God to come through loud and clear. Too often people tune out the still small voice. Many people tune God out to the point where they can't hear him.
We want God moving in our midst, so his voice will come through a little louder - to draw people's attention to himself. We want people to see God, not us. There must be a working of God for souls to be saved. We have to be tuned into God. We have to come to the place where we surrender ourselves to him. We need to be the amplifier that brings God back into focus.
The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest the darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.
These were questioning Jesus. They said the law said that Christ would abide ever, but you are talking about dying. Jesus did die, but he also continues to live. He had control over his life. We don't. Jesus told them to take advantage of the light while it was there. Don't tune out God's voice. Darkness can come. Time runs out. As God speaks, believe. Take God's word just like it is. God speaks to us because he is offering us mercy. Take advantage of it while opportunity knocks. It is so important that we know God and live for him.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
"We then, as workers together with him..." We work with God to bring others to God. We want him to shine through us. If others would be stirred about God, we can't be indifferent to God. There's a purpose in the grace we've received. For those that don't know God, don't receive the grace of God in vain, listen up, and be reconciled to him. He wants you to do something about fulfilling his purpose. God offers mankind help. Mankind often goes on helpless because they ignore God. The grace of God begins with God's dealings with us, leads us to repentance, and gives us strength to live holy. Salvation is offered now. Now is God's accepted time and the day of salvation. The time is now; this life, this day, this time. Now is when things must be clear between us and God. Now is the time to do a work for God. People are often too indifferent about God's purpose and way and will. Now is the time. We need to always be right where God would have us to be. There is not one day for us to let down, miss out, or come short. Every day needs to be given to God. Be God's megaphone, to focus his message to the lost. Make it a little more pressing, a little more urgent.
This is the time to be serious about our souls and the souls of others. God's arm is not shortened. God needs to work on us and through us. Seek after God and make sure there is charity in you. We don't want our works and effort to be in vain and of no benefit. Everyone needs God, that his work can go forth and his name can be glorified. We want the lost to be reconciled to God before their time runs out.