MORNINGTIME 3515by Benjamin Munsell on June 19, 2020
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME. John 14:1. Even so FAITH, if it hath not works, IS DEAD, BEING ALONE. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: THE DEVILS ALSO BELIEVE, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without WORKS is dead? James 2:17,19, 20. (Thayer's Definition of "Works", Business, employment, that which any one is occupied that which one undertakes to do, enterprise, undertaking.) No, to "work" in Christ is not a job to do or a business to "profit" at, not an "obligation" to do some Thing for the boss, or don't get paid, no, to "Work" in Christ is to Love your Lord and Saviour so fervently that He can ask you to do ANY thing and you Gladly do it, no matter what it takes. To Love Christ is to Gladly and Joyfully do His Bidding, no matter what the cost. It's a Faith in the Master that circumstances can't change or alter. It's to do as directed, with even no concern for "payday". Even if you see no "reward", just the fact that you get to DO something FOR The Master, IS REWARD ENOUGH. Anyone can "do" their job, even if they hate or despise it. But to "do their job" in Christ is fully and totally wrapped up in and saturated with, LOVE. Christ is not a boss you obey with argument and back-biting, but a Leader Whom we will Gladly Follow, even into the very Jaws of Death itself. Christ gives us physical AND Spiritual Life, and the thought of physical death is met with NO FEAR, as it is the doorway into Eternal Life, Eternally Living with our Lord and Saviour. Right now, just to Hear His Voice, is "payday" enough. Everything beyond that is "frosting on the cake". Believers will gladly cast aside the "pleasures" of this life, for the Pleasures of Christ. To "Work for Christ" is not a job to do, but a Career to Desirously be with Him all the days of our Lives. Both now, and for ALL of Eternity. Yes, the work is hard and filled with much Prayer, but the Joy of doing it is a GOoD Way to, Be Blessed.