"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

April 17, 2016

Who should not fear you, King of the nations?
This is your due.

This coming Sunday, Fred Sanders will encourage us to “cultivate such a focus on God that we treasure him as our chief good, which frees us from thinking that our chief good is to avoid suffering.”

In your hearts revere Christ as Lord.
1 PETER 3:15

The key to following Christ is his Lordship. Samuel Zwemer is quoted as the one who said, “If Jesus is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all.”

Paul emphasized this in Romans 14:8-9.

“For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord.

Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

For to this end Christ died, and rose and lived again, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.”

Geerhardus Vos commented on God’s ability to satisfy us with himself:

       Since God thus gives himself to his people for fruition, and his resources are infinite, there is no possibility of their ever craving more or seeking more of him than it is good for them to receive.

So what happens if we refuse to revere Jesus as Lord? We rob God! Vos continues:

       To deprive religion of this by putting it upon the barren basis of pure disinterestedness is not merely a pretense to be wiser than God, it is also an act of robbing God of his own joy through refusing the joy into which he has, as it were, resolved himself for us. So far from being a matter of gloom and depression, religion in its true concept is an exultant state, the supreme feast and Sabbath of the soul.

May we truly come to recognize what we are missing, and begin to pursue Christ above all.    

Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
PSALM 73:25-26

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