What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray to him?
This question is not difficult to answer.
I. CONSIDER THESE MOTIVES WHICH OUGHT TO INDUCE US TO SERVE GOD, DRAWN FROM HIS CHARACTER AND RELATIONS. Service supposes superiority; for the greater is served by the lesser; also a right to our services, and an ability to reward them. We therefore assert as motives to the service of God —
1. The justice of His claims, grounded on His sovereign greatness; grounded on the end of our creation; grounded on His providential goodness. Consider how His claims receive additional strength from the doctrine of the Gospel, by which we are declared His purchase. At what a price did He redeem us!
2. The rewards He gives to His servants. In the present life He gives peace of mind; the supply of every want; protection from danger. In the future — what?
II. IMPROVE THE SUBJECT.
1. Think of the pleasure of serving God.
2. Think of the improvement of all our powers — for all the advantage is ours.
3. Think, by contrast, that if you do not serve God, you serve the god of this world. Think of the future rewards of ungodly service!
(J. Walker, D. D.)
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