The Word of God plainly, clearly and throughout, teaches that man by nature is contrary and opposed to God in every way. For example, God by nature is infinitely and immutably holy – man by nature is unchangeably and incurably sin; God is light – man by nature is darkness; God is truth – man’s whole life by nature is a lie; God is infinitely good – man by nature is inherently and unchangeably bad. In a word, man is a natural born enemy of God (Romans 5:6-11). In fact, the natural man’s mind is enmity against God – not merely at enmity but enmity itself! (Romans 8:5-7). Thus men by nature love darkness and deception rather than God’s Word, God’s truth (John 3:19). Therefore man’s greatest need is to be reconciled to God. It is a continual burden on my heart that so many preachers of our day, rather than preaching God as He is to sinners as they are (“Sinners in the hands of an angry God”), are preaching a god who is palatable to fallen human nature, a god whose chief attribute is love rather than holiness, a god who loves everybody the same, a god who gave his son as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, a god who is trying to save all men. These preachers, for personal advantage and gain (the good opinion of man and numbers), are preaching a false god, a false gospel; thus giving their hearers a false hope. Their disciples have never been brought to bow before God as mercy seekers. How could they? They have never heard the truth about God, and thus do not realize their awful condition and desperate need as they stand before the true God of the Bible. God can only be worshiped by beggars, broken and bowed down before His sovereign throne of glory and grace. Dear brothers and sisters, “Pray the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38) — Pastor Maurice Montgomery
God Almighty does not measure things the way we do.
He will reward every laborer in his vineyard, but not as men judge that he should. He will reward his people in a way that will exalt his grace, exalt his Son, and give no room for the flesh to boast.
- He has no regard to the time of our service or the amount of ground covered.
- God does not measure out reward according to the abilities of his servants.’
- Heaven’s reward will not be given according to the judgment and estimation of men.
- God will not be impressed with the impressions we make upon men.
- He will not deal out his reward according to the measure of our apparent success.
Illus: Noah – Isaiah – Jeremiah
- God will not reward us according to the measure of our gifts.
NOTE: It is not how much we give that is important, but how much we have left! The widow! 7. God will not even reward us according to the measure of our faithfulness. The reward that God gives to his servants at the end of the day, in heaven’s glory, will be a matter of pure grace and will be one that makes all his people equal. Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. God will reward us according to the merit of Christ, which has been imputed to us. Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Rev 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. —-By Pastor Don Fortner
Anybody’s dog will follow me if I feed it, but only my own dog will follow me if I beat it. And any man will be a Christian, or profess to be one, while it is all joy, and silver slippers, and gravel walks; but only the man that really loves God, who says, “All the day-long have I been plagued and chastened every morning” – it is only the man of God that can say, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him – if he takes away my comfort, and I have no joy but in himself, still will I cling to him.” —C. H. Spurgeon
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
Nothing, either great or small,
Nothing sinner no;
Jesus did it, did it all,
Long, long ago.
When He from His lofty throne,
Stoop’d to to and die,
Everything was fully done:
Hearken to His cry:
“It is finished!” Yes indeed,
Finished every joy:
Sinner, this is all you need,
Tell me, is it not?
Weary, working, plodding one,
Wherefore toil you so?
Cease your doing: all was done,
Long, long ago.
Till to Jesus Christ you cling,
By a simple faith,
“Doing” is a deadly thing,
“Doing” ends in death.
Cast your deadly “doing” down,
Down at Jesus’ feet,
Stand in Him, in Him alone,
—James Procter, 1858