The Secret of Effective Service

“For this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting” (1. Timothy 1:16 KJV).

Every true servant is sent forth from the immediate presence of the Father, with all its holiness and all its grace. He is called to be holy and gracious, the reflection of the grace and holiness of the divine character. For him to be so, he should not only start from the Father’s presence, but abide there, in spirit, continually. The spiritual man alone can understand the meaning of the two things, “Go forth and do,” and, “Yet never leave.” In order to act for the Father outside, I should be with Him inside, ever in the secret sanctuary of my Father’s presence.

The Lord Jesus referred to Himself as “He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man [who] is in heaven” (John 3:13). Very many fail on this point. There is the danger of getting out of the solemnity and calmness of the divine presence amid the bustle of the world and the excitement of active service. This is to be guarded against. If we lose that hallowed tone of spirit which is expressed in “the unshod foot,” our service will soon become fruitless. If I allow my service to get between my heart and my Father, it will be little worth.

We can only effectually serve the Lord Jesus as we are enjoying fellowship with Him. It is while the heart dwells upon His powerful attractions that the most acceptable service is performed in His name; nor is there anyone who can share the Lord Jesus with freshness and fruitfulness to others, if he be not feeding upon Him in the secret of his own soul. True, he may preach a sermon, utter prayers, write a book, and go through the entire routine of outward service, and yet not share Him. The one who will present Him to others must be occupied with the Lord Jesus for himself.


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