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Yes!…to being a sound instrument

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10:31 days of Yes!
I read a biography about C.H. Spurgeon over the summer and then began reading his Morning and Evening devotional on my phone. I love it!
Some days the words speak precisely to my struggles or questions. He expands and articulates thoughts so concisely and poetically. Like the Bishop, Spurgeon is another great preacher from history who should still be read today. There is so much to be learned in terms of perspective and enduring truths from the Word of God.
I was struck by the morning reading on Oct 8 about the necessity of human agency.  God works by means…it is his way.  He could easily speak change into the air and have his saints be sanctified.  Instead he refines with fire and trial to smelt out the dross. It is over the course of our lives, not the instant of our salvation that we are being made holy.  And he uses other people, circumstances, and even us to do his work: “He Himself hath selected the plan of instrumentality as being that by which He is most magnified in the earth…God will be pleased by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” Here is the reading in it’s entirety below:

Luke 5:4

Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

We learn from this narrative, the necessity of human agency. The draught of fishes was miraculous, yet neither the fisherman nor his boat, nor his fishing tackle were ignored; but all were used to take the fishes. So in the saving of souls, God worketh by means; and while the present economy of grace shall stand, God will be pleased by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. When God worketh without instruments, doubtless He is glorified; but He hath Himself selected the plan of instrumentality as being that by which He is most magnified in the earth. Means of themselves are utterly unavailing. “Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing.” What was the reason of this? Were they not fishermen plying their special calling? Verily, they were no raw hands; they understood the work. Had they gone about the toil unskillfully? No. Had they lacked industry? No, they had toiled. Had they lacked perseverance? No, they had toiled all the night. Was there a deficiency of fish in the sea? Certainly not, for as soon as the Master came, they swam to the net in shoals. What, then, is the reason? Is it because there is no power in the means of themselves apart from the presence of Jesus? “Without Him we can do nothing.” But with Christ we can do all things. Christ’s presence confers success. Jesus sat in Peter’s boat, and His will, by a mysterious influence, drew the fish to the net. When Jesus is lifted up in His Church, His presence is the Church’s power-the shout of a king is in the midst of her. “I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me.” Let us go out this morning on our work of soul fishing, looking up in faith, and around us in solemn anxiety. Let us toil till night comes, and we shall not labour in vain, for He who bids us let down the net, will fill it with fishes.

Amazingly, we are able–like the fishermen, to toil and persevere through hardships. Our hands are skilled at what they have learned.  We work and work and work in scenarios that ought to bring great gain. But in the end it is all for naught unless Christ is at the heart of it.  Our labor is like chasing after the wind–in vain…not to be gathered, but scattered.  Only through Christ do we reap a harvest.  When we labor in obedience to him, our work has purpose, meaning and fruit. Whether telling others about Christ or putting a hand to the plough in the work of a day, I am challenged to serve as an instrument of righteousness to Him!

Romans 6:13
Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.

31 days of Yes! is me dedicating to post each day for the month of October (which is a Yes! in itself) and to find one meaningful Yes! in each day.  Over 1200 bloggers are participating thanks to the lovely Nesting Place.


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