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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|NOVEMBER 2, 2014
TIM VAN RYN
|NOVEMBER 9, 2014
|NOVEMBER 16, 2014
|NOVEMBER 23, 2014
|NOVEMBER 30, 2014
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in
the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the
Lord.” (1 Cor. 15:58)
It is not uncommon for a person to become discouraged in his service for the Lord
and to quit. I suppose that most of us have faced that temptation at one time or
another. Therefore, in today’s reading I would like to share four passages that have
been a tremendous encouragement to me and that have kept me from quitting. The
first is Isaiah 49:4: “Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for
nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my
God.” There are moments, fortunately rare, when years of service for the Lord seem
to evaporate into nothingness. All our work seems to have been wasted effort. It
appears to be another case of “love’s labor lost.” But not so! Our verse assures us
that God’s justice will insure that we are royally rewarded. Nothing that is done for
Him is ever in vain.
The second passage is Isaiah 55:10, 11: “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow
from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring
forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my
word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall
accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Those engaged in distributing the living Word of God are assured of success.
Results are guaranteed. His Word is irresistible. Just as the armies of the world are
powerless to prevent the rain and snow from falling, so all the hosts of demons and
of men are unable to stop the Word from going forth and producing revolutions in
human lives. We are on the winning side.
Then there is that remarkable encouragement in Matthew 10:40: “He that receiveth
you receiveth me and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.” Have you ever
been snubbed because of your Christian testimony? Or ostracized? Or mocked? Or
abused? Has someone slammed the door in your face? Well, don’t take it too
personally. In rejecting you, people are really rejecting the Savior. The way people
treat you is the way they treat the Lord. How wonderful to be so closely linked with
the Son of God!
Then, of course, there is 1 Corinthians 15:58 (quoted above). Paul has been setting
forth the truth of the resurrection. If this life were all, then our labor would be in vain.
However, beyond the grave lies the eternal glory. Everything done in the Lord’s Name
will be rewarded then. No loving service will have been fruitless or futile.
Christian service is the most glorious of all callings. There is never a valid reason for
quitting. The encouragements of God’s Word are enough to keep us from turning
TIM VAN RYN will be our speaker on Sunday, November
2, 2014 at our 11 a.m. Family Bible Hour service. He will
also speak at the combined Sunday School service at 10:
20 a.m. Tim has worked at Grace & Truth, Inc. (http:
//www.gtpress.org) since 1979, serving in a variety of
capacities. TIM and his wife MYRNA are active in an
assembly in Danville, Illinois. They have four adult
children and two grandchildren. Tim's ministry has been
greatly appreciated in earlier visits to Grace Bible
Chapel. Please plan to attend these meetings.
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1917-2007