When the semester gets busy, I write less and share more. That’s just the nature of it. (Seminary is often demanding… who knew?)
As I was reading this morning’s Morning and Evening, more than a few passages kept coming to mind. Certainly, Galatians 2:20 and Romans 5:8 were there. But this famous conclusion to one of the greatest chapters of Scripture tops the list:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For Your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8:35-39
The love of Christ is the most powerful force in all creation. Nothing is able to separate us from it. Our Savior’s love demands and delivers everything. It gives us the strength we need to face tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and the sword itself. As Spurgeon conveys below, “Love should give wings to the feet of service and strength to the arms of industry.” Jesus paid it all. Those of us who are His, owe Him everything.
Here is Alistair Begg’s paraphrase of the Spurgeon classic.
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For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this:
that one has died for all, therefore all have died.
— 2 Corinthians 5:14
How much do you owe to my Lord? Has He ever done anything for you? Has He forgiven your sins? Has He covered you with a robe of righteousness? Has He set your feet upon a rock? Has He established your goings? Has He prepared heaven for you? Has He prepared you for heaven? Has He written your name in His Book of Life? Has He given you countless blessings? Has He laid up for you a store of mercies, which eye has not seen nor ear heard?
Then do something for Jesus that is worthy of His love. Do not give a mere wordy offering to a dying Redeemer. How will you feel when your Master comes if you have to confess that you did nothing for Him but kept your love shut up, like a stagnant pool, neither flowing out to the poor nor to His work? Be done with that kind of love! What do men think of a love that never shows itself in action? Why, they say, “Better is open rebuke than hidden love.”1 Who will accept a love so weak that it does not stir you to a single act of self-denial, generosity, heroism, or zeal?
Consider how He has loved you and given Himself for you! Do you know the power of that love? Then let it be like a rushing, mighty wind to your soul to sweep out the clouds of your worldliness and clear away the mists of sin. For Christ’s sake let this be the tongue of fire that sits upon you: For Christ’s sake let this be the divine excitement, the heavenly empowerment to bear you up from earth, the divine spirit that will make you bold as lions and swift as eagles in your Lord’s service. Love should give wings to the feet of service and strength to the arms of industry. Fixed on God with a constancy that is not to be shaken, determined to honor Him with a zeal that is not to be turned aside, and pressing on with a passion that doesn’t waver, let us display the constraints of love for Jesus. May the divine magnet draw us toward heaven itself.
1 Isaiah 40:27