Day: October 16, 2011

“All To Him I Owe”

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

Ye are bought with a price. 1 Corinthians 6:20

We are not our own, we have been redeemed. But while we sing “Jesus Paid It All” let us remember the next line, “All To Him I Owe.” Certain Divine requirements grow out of our being bought with a price. Such love demands my soul, my life, my all. We are to glorify God in body and spirit-our selves-because we belong to Him (I Cor. 6:19, 20). We are to glorify Him in our service: “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men” (I Cor. 7:23). And Peter tells us that since we have redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, we are to pass the time of our sojourning here in fear (1 Pt. 1:17-21).

Self, service, sojourning-all to Him I owe, because He paid it all. While we sing about the price that He paid, we had better check on what God expects for us, not to repay Him, but as the expression of our heart’s love to Him who redeemed us.

by Vance Havner

Why Has The Answer Not Come?

A.B. Simpson 90 x115by A.B. Simpson

Faith is . . . the evidence of things not seen—Hebrews 11:1

True faith drops its letter in the post office box and lets it go. Distrust holds onto a corner of it and wonders why the answer never comes.

In my desk are some letters that I wrote weeks ago. But there was some slight uncertainty about the address or the contents so they are yet unmailed. As yet they have not done me or anyone else any good. They will never accomplish anything until I let them go out of my hands and trust them to the postal system.

This is the case with true faith. it hands its case over to God and then He works.

There is an appropriate verse in Psalm 37: Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he [worketh] (v. 5). But He never works until we commit.

Faith is a receiving-or still better-a taking of God’s proffered gifts. We may believe and come and commit and rest, but we will not fully realize all our blessing until we begin to receive and come into the attitude of abiding and taking.

by A.B. Simpson