And none shall appear before me empty...Bro. David Chancellor
8/3/2003 6:00 PM
Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year. Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)
And none shall appear before me empty God doesnt want you to come into his presence with nothing. We need something to be able to come into the presence of God. Man needs an atonement offered. Cain and Abel both offered to God, but Abel brought a sacrifice for his sin. We need an atonement sacrifice that we might come into the presence of God. Its not enough to try to worship God without an offering for sin. It wont prepare you to stand before God. If you would stand before God, be sure to bring Jesus with you. By Jesus we can come into the presence of God. Man needs a sacrifice for sin to clear things up between him and God. Once we have the sacrifice, we dont want to come empty. Theres something else that we can give. Bring praise, worship, appreciation, and love for God, to God. Bring worship for God in your heart when we come together. This isnt the only place where we come into the presence of God. We worship God at all times and in all places. If we cant worship God in a place, we shouldnt be there. If we cant be godly, we shouldnt be there. We come here to think on God, and on his word, but we can think on God and his word in other places, too. Our lives should be for God wherever we go and in whatever we do.
O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
Sing unto the Lord a new song Do you have a song in your heart toward God? Even if you cant make music, most people enjoy listening to music. Shouldnt we have a song in our hearts toward God? We can have a song in our hearts. The songs have a message that goes with the song in our hearts.
Shew forth his salvation from day to day Is God showing in your life every day? God can give you grace for even 5 difficult days. You can have a good Monday and show forth his salvation even then. God expects you to live for him every day of the week.
Declare his glory among the heathen There are a few of these here, and they probably wont be in church. Take it with you wherever you go.
His wonders among all people Show it wherever youre at. God isnt the same as whatever else men may worship. All that exists here is Gods; honor God and give him the glory due to his name. Giving to God is giving him glory. If we dont give him glory, we cant really give. Otherwise, were just giving him what he gave to us. Use your money for God, but if you would give to God, give glory to him and worship him. What you give from the heart is what God wants. God deserves glory. You need worship for God to accomplish his purpose. Take the gospel and carry the burden for souls. The glory given to God and the worship given to God accomplishes the work of God. We need Gods love in our hearts to accomplish his work. If Gods message gets out, its because Gods people carried it. Its giving more than our means that will make the difference. Get personally involved in this. Live for God and point others to him by your life. We want to give God what is due his name. Be generous in your worship of God.
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Paul was reminding them that God would take care of them. Silver and gold isnt the business of Gods men. Paul provided for himself and for those with him. Paul preached and lived the message of helping others. He tells them the message of Jesus Its more blessed to give than to receive. This is the only place these words of Jesus are found. Paul had some interaction with Jesus and Paul got the message. We need to be a giving people. Be willing to give to God. Worship God. Our religion should make us a giver. Most are receivers. Theres something they are trying to fill. We need to be givers. Share whats been a help to you. A lot of people are miserable and unhappy because theyve not learned how to give. They live life asking, Whats in it for me? The real blessings in life are for the givers. Those that give their hearts and lives to God and then give to others are those who receive the blessings. God wants us to advance beyond give me to Ill give. If God has saved your soul from sin, no matter how poor you are, you have something to give to God. Give him honor and glory and his greatness. We can find where God has shown his goodness to us. You have something to give to God even if you dont have a penny. You have a life that you can give back. You have to have Jesus to worship God, as you ought. Glory, honor, and praise are what most accomplish his purpose. Praise goes deeper than just saying, praise the Lord, or jumping, shouting, and running the aisles. Its talking about Gods goodness to those that you meet. Speak to those who dont know God. A walk with God changes a persons life. It makes you different and cleans you up. This is an area where God needs us to give. Have God in your heart and mind. Dont force the opportunity, but take it if it comes. Giving money isnt enough. Lift up God in your life. Be a person who can give cheerfully. Be glad to give. Dont do it because you have to, but do it because you want to. Ask God to open the door. Be willing to be used wherever God would send you. Paul wasnt after their possessions; he was after the people. God doesnt so much want our things as he wants us. God had given Paul the message when he met him on the road to Damascus. Paul preached to kings, but it was in chains. He did all that God said he would do. God wasnt after Pauls money or his position among the Jews. God wanted Paul to work for him. God wants you to live for him and serve him, and to have your heart filled with worship toward him. Gods message is, I want you.