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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

In the JOY of the Lord we are strong!

Here's a worthy reminder from Charles Spurgeon, England's best known preacher for the second half of the 19th century. Still rings true today for all of us who are in ministry.

"Delight in divine service is a token of acceptance. Those who serve God with a sad countenance, because they do what is unpleasant to them, are not serving Him at all; they bring the form of homage, but the life is absent. That obedience which is not voluntary is disobedience, for the Lord looks at the heart, and if He sees that we serve Him from force, and not because we love Him, He will reject our offering. Service coupled with cheerfulness is heart-service, and therefore true. Take away joyful willingness from the Christian, and you have removed the test of his sincerity. Cheerfulness is the support of our strength; in the joy of the Lord are we strong."

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