Author Topic: The Desire of Ages--57--One Thing Thou Lackest  (Read 4299 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Richard Myers

  • Servant
  • Posts: 39678
  • A glorious sunset teaches of trust and faith.....
    • The Remnant Online
Re: The Desire of Ages--57--One Thing Thou Lackest
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2018, 08:08:12 AM »
I love Jesus and the privilege He gives us in winning souls!

Amen! There is no greater joy than to see a heart open to the truth of the loveliness of Jesus! This is our joy as it was our Saviors as He walked upon this Earth.

As much as Jesus loved this young ruler and saw in him such valuable traits for His kingdom He could not accept even 99% of his heart. What a lesson for us today.

Amen! If the whole heart is not given, then we remain in our fallen condition which is selfish. The heart must be made new. The rich young ruler thought he was keeping the commandments, but if he was not fully surrendered, he could not  keep any of them. It is the motive that must be right.

If our church members were to experience the joy of finding lost sheep, they would not want the world. This is a reward we get in this world! WE don't have to wait for heaven!!

The joy of seeing souls redeemed, souls eternally saved, is the reward of all that put their feet in the footprints of Him who said, "Follow Me." 
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

Dorine

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 1223
Re: The Desire of Ages--57--One Thing Thou Lackest
« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2018, 04:00:41 AM »
"Christ made the only terms which could place the ruler where he would perfect a Christian character. His words were words of wisdom, though they appeared severe and exacting. In accepting and obeying them was the ruler's only hope of salvation. His exalted position and his possessions were exerting a subtle influence for evil upon his character. If cherished, they would supplant God in his affections. To keep back little or much from God was to retain that which would lessen his moral strength and efficiency; for if the things of this world are cherished, however uncertain and unworthy they may be, they will become all-absorbing." 

What a lesson for each of us today. Again and again we read of God's requirements. They are not difficult when He reigns in the heart but to an unconverted selfish heart they are too severe and restrictive and many can not accept it. But what a penalty they bring upon themselves. Oh that we may be empty of self today; willing to take up the cross of Christ and follow Him where ever He leads.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

JimB

  • Servant
  • Assistant Administrator
  • Posts: 7321
  • Pro 12:28 in the pathway thereof there is no death
Re: The Desire of Ages--57--One Thing Thou Lackest
« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2018, 05:51:40 AM »
They are not difficult when He reigns in the heart....

So very true Dorine and when this happens we will joyfully give back what Christ's asks of us.

When Christ's followers give back to the Lord His own, they are accumulating treasure which will be given to them when they shall hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant; . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." "Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Matthew 25:23; Hebrews 12:2. The joy of seeing souls redeemed, souls eternally saved, is the reward of all that put their feet in the footprints of Him who said, "Follow Me."
By communion with God in nature, the mind is uplifted, and the heart finds rest.  {DA 291.1}

Pastor Sean Brizendine

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 1128
  • Following the Lamb
Re: The Desire of Ages--57--One Thing Thou Lackest
« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2018, 06:51:29 AM »
Amen, Dorine and Jim! When Jesus has full possession of the heart, out of love we gladly we respond to all of His biddings and invitations. So what is it that reaches a selfish, unconverted heart? It is grace. It is God's goodness, His character, and we daily get to behold His character as manifest in the loveliness of Jesus, for if we have seen Jesus, we have seen the Father. Grace moves upon the heart, but it remains with each of us if we will yield to God. He accepts only willing, voluntary service. The higher powers of the being--judgment, conscience, reason, and intellect--these are to be brought under the full control of the Holy Spirit so that the lower nature--the appetites and passions--can be kept crucified. When the soul is converted, the fallen, sinful flesh remains, but it is to remain as a dead man unfed, a nature not given expression. Only Christ in the soul continually can effect such a constant miracle! What a joy it is to follow Christ, even though it be attended with trials and tribulation, for Christ has promised His abiding presence in the soul that is surrendered fully to Him. Only by a full surrender is the heart made pure, only by continual union and communion with Christ can we do any good (unselfish) thing. By nature the heart is evil and we cannot cleanse it, but we can come to Christ as we are and consent for His Spirit to come into our souls and purge out the old carnal thoughts and desires, giving us a new heart and mind. Christ is a complete Savior. The rich young ruler thought he was already saved (but he was deceived) when he met Jesus--but he felt some lack. Jesus offered Him eternal life on condition of a complete surrender, and the young ruler turned away. He turned away from the infinite love of Jesus, and decided that this world would be his focus, his god. Let us realize the love of Christ by beholding Him daily, and rejoicing that anything He bids us yield to Him is actually for our best eternal good and the good of others--such a surrender is the experiential outflow of genuine righteousness by faith made efficacious by God's amazing grace!

 "Christ's dealing with the young man is presented as an object lesson. God has given us the rule of conduct which every one of His servants must follow. It is obedience to His law, not merely a legal obedience, but an obedience which enters into the life, and is exemplified in the character. God has set His own standard of character for all who would become subjects of His kingdom. Only those who will become co-workers with Christ, only those who will say, Lord, all I have and all I am is Thine, will be acknowledged as sons and daughters of God. All should consider what it means to desire heaven, and yet to turn away because of the conditions laid down. Think of what it means to say 'No' to Christ. The ruler said, No, I cannot give You all. Do we say the same? The Saviour offers to share with us the work God has given us to do. He offers to use the means God has given us, to carry forward His work in the world. Only in this way can He save us." {The Desire of Ages, page 523, paragraph 1}

Christ in the heart makes it possible to have an obedience experience of genuine righteousness by faith, an experience in which all of the fruits of the Spirit are seen in our lives without one missing, and we have a character that is reflecting Christ, more fully each day from glory to glory! I choose Christ today, how about you?
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

Richard Myers

  • Servant
  • Posts: 39678
  • A glorious sunset teaches of trust and faith.....
    • The Remnant Online
Re: The Desire of Ages--57--One Thing Thou Lackest
« Reply #24 on: May 11, 2018, 06:51:45 AM »
Amen and amen! And the reward that Jesus gets is to see the results of His suffering and death, the reflection of Himself in His witnesses upon this Earth. For time and eternity, the redeemed shall have a song to sing about the grace of our Lord!

Is it too much to ask, that we give all to Christ, after what He has done for us? What are we really giving Him? A sin polluted heart in exchange for what? Love, joy, and peace in this world and life everlasting in a world that will know no sorrow, pain, or death!!

     God has given us the rule of conduct which every one of His servants must follow. It is obedience to His law, not merely a legal obedience, but an obedience which enters into the life, and is exemplified in the character. God has set His own standard of character for all who would become subjects of His kingdom. Only those who will become co-workers with Christ, only those who will say, Lord, all I have and all I am is Thine, will be acknowledged as sons and daughters of God. All should consider what it means to desire heaven, and yet to turn away because of the conditions laid down. Think of what it means to say "No" to Christ. The ruler said, No, I cannot give You all. Do we say the same? The Saviour offers to share with us the work God has given us to do. He offers to use the means God has given us, to carry forward His work in the world. Only in this way can He save us.   
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

Richard Myers

  • Servant
  • Posts: 39678
  • A glorious sunset teaches of trust and faith.....
    • The Remnant Online
Re: The Desire of Ages--57--One Thing Thou Lackest
« Reply #25 on: May 11, 2018, 06:52:51 AM »
Amen, Pastor Sean. We posted the same at the same time!   :)   I am praying for the Michigan Conference this morning. May God bless all who are seeking to rightly represent Jesus as they consider His great love for humanity!
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

Pastor Sean Brizendine

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 1128
  • Following the Lamb
Re: The Desire of Ages--57--One Thing Thou Lackest
« Reply #26 on: August 06, 2018, 05:52:06 AM »
Jesus loves you; Jesus loves me--and He is drawn toward us not because we are so good, but because He is so able to transform us to become pure, holy, and good in heart if we will but come to Him and surrender fully to Him. The way He interacted with the rich young ruler (see Mark 10:17-22) shows us that love is the motive power in Jesus' ministry to all of us--but that love cannot leave unsaid what must be shared in order for that love to transform the soul He is drawing to Himself. Similar to how Jesus in love rebukes the Laodicean church (Revelation 3:14-22), He longs to see us converted, bearing all of the fruits of His Spirit without one missing (which is the outflow of a heart and mind renewed by His grace and imbued with His presence), which motivates us out of love to God and impartial love for our neighbor to obey all the light of His word that shines on our pathway. It takes all the light God has revealed to us to make us the light of the world. To turn away from His will in anything is to show that we have not really accepted Him in anything--for our service, apart from Christ, is marred by selfishness. Only Christ in the heart can enable us to do anything He commands us, so that duty becomes a delight, and sacrifice a pleasure! May we not turn from Christ, but surrender fully to Him moment-by-moment is my prayer! "With God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26).

"Christ looked into the face of the young man, as if reading his life and searching his character. He loved him, and He hungered to give him that peace and grace and joy which would materially change his character. 'One thing thou lackest,' He said; 'go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.'" {The Desire of Ages, page 519, paragraph 1}
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

JimB

  • Servant
  • Assistant Administrator
  • Posts: 7321
  • Pro 12:28 in the pathway thereof there is no death
Re: The Desire of Ages--57--One Thing Thou Lackest
« Reply #27 on: August 06, 2018, 06:07:15 AM »
Jesus loves you; Jesus loves me--and He is drawn toward us not because we are so good, but because He is so able to transform us to become pure, holy, and good in heart if we will but come to Him and surrender fully to Him.

Thank you pastor Sean for saying this, this morning there days when the good Lord knows how to give encouragement through others even when they know it not.

This story is interesting because there are a few rich righteous people in the Bible but not many. Jesus knew what he was saying when He said it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter Heaven but as you pointed out all things possible with God. Nicodemus was a man of means also. But his riches were not used until after Christ's ascension when the young church was struggling but I'm sure he loved helping with his resources.
By communion with God in nature, the mind is uplifted, and the heart finds rest.  {DA 291.1}