Paul asks of us these four questions …
- Have you received any encouragementin Christ?
- Have you gotten any consolation of lovefrom Him?
- Have you experienced any fellowshipof the Spirit?
- Have you received any affection and any compassion?
The normal response when someone has done something for us is to be thankful. Sometimes it creates a sense that we owe them something in return or at least places them in a place where we feel good about them and want to reciprocate.
Unlike the spoiled kid in a wealthy family who gets a Porsche for his 16th birthday and proceeds to trash it because he knows his folks are wealthy … I was thrilled to get the 1963 VW beetle that my older brothers drove for 6 years before it got to me.
With Jesus that whole idea is so completely beyond anything that anyone else has or will do for us as to make it hard to grasp. We have received everything from Him. His MERCY has kept us from receiving all the punishment and condemnation we deserve by Him taking it on Himself. His GRACE goes far beyond that by giving us everything we do not deserve.
So the answer to all four questions is YES! Yes, we have received encouragement in Christ. Yes, we have been consoled by His love. Yes, we have day-by-day and moment-by-moment fellowship with the Spirit available to us. Yes, we have experienced His affection and His compassion.
Our response should be, everyday, like the old hymn says …
All to Jesus I surrender
All to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him
In His presence daily live.
I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Thee my Precious Savior
I surrender all.
Surrender all to Him today. Respond to his love with your surrender to His presence and His Will.