My wife and I took our kids to church weekend before last to the Connection, Willingdon Church’s Saturday evening service (www.willingdon.org). It was a wonderful evening. As I once heard John Neufeld say, “I felt like I was in Church.” The message was on the assurance of salvation; part of an “I believe…” topical series on doctrine for the Summer months. If you’re looking for a good sermon to help you work out what the Bible has to say about whether one can lose his salvation, look no further. Click here for the sermon link at Willingdon’s site. Though it was all good, one refrain in one song in particular made me think. Here it is:
“Now I live to bring Him praise.”
I don’t know who the author is, who penned the lyrics or wrote the tune, but the doctrine behind these words is deeply biblical. Think about it. How can I live to bring God praise? It’s like saying a kid can mow the lawn, do his chores, clean his room so that his twin brother can take all the credit (just a hypothetical example—I’m sure that never happened to me!). But when we’re talking about God this is precisely true.
- The Apostle Paul said, in Athens, that in God, “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
- Job asked, rhetorically, "In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?" (Job 12:10)
- David exalted, “Who keeps us in life, And does not allow our feet to slip” (Psalm 66:9).
- Again from Paul, we read of his theological insight into the prevenient and providential power of Christ: “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Col 1:17).
Indeed, in receiving of the grace of my God in Christ Jesus my Saviour, and living henceforth to worship Him and bring Him glory, I am dependent utterly on Him for every breath, every energy of sinew and muscle, ever thought, every good inclination of my heart. What is my hope of glory? “Christ in me”! (Col 1:27)
What marvelous grace that as I work, labour, tire and strive daily for the sake of the Gospel, my work brings God praise for it is God Himself who alone gives me what I owe to Him. I love Him because He first loved me (1 Jo 4:19).