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A Secret Of Effectual Service To God

By George Müller

    The minds of many of God’s people are no doubt occupied with plans for the future, and the various spheres of service in which, if our lives be spared, we shall be engaged. It may be that the welfare of our families, the prosperity of our business, or our work and service for the Lord, are considered the most important matters to be attended to. But according to my judgment, the most important point to be attended to is this: above all things, see to it that your souls are happy in the Lord!

    Other things may press upon you; the Lord’s work even, may have urgent claims upon your attention. But I deliberately repeat, it is of supreme and paramount importance that you should seek above all other things to have your souls truly happy in God Himself. Day by day seek to make this the most important business of your life. This has been my firm and settled conviction for the last thirty-five years. For the first four years after my conversion, I knew not its vast importance, but now after much experience, I especially commend this point to the notice of my brethren and sisters in Christ. The secret of all true effectual service is – joy in God and having experimental acquaintance and fellowship with God Himself.

    But in what way shall we attain to this settled happiness of soul? How shall we learn to enjoy God? How shall we obtain such an all-sufficient, soul-satisfying portion in Him as shall enable us to let go the things of this world as vain and worthless in comparison? I answer, this happiness is to be obtained through the study of the Holy Scriptures. God has therein revealed Himself unto us in the face of Jesus Christ.

    In the Scriptures, by the power of the Holy Spirit, He makes Himself known unto our souls. Remember, it is not a God of our own thoughts or our own imaginations that we need to be acquainted with, but the God of the Bible, our Father who has given the blessed Jesus to die for us. Him should we seek intimately to know according to the revelation He has made of Himself in His own most precious Word.

    The way in which we study this Word is a matter of deepest importance. The very earliest portion of the day we can command should be devoted to meditation on the Scriptures. Our souls should feed upon the Word. We should read it – not for others but for ourselves. All the promises, the encouragements, the warnings, the exhortations, the rebukes should be taken home to our hearts.

    Especially let us remember not to neglect any portion of the Bible. It should be read regularly through. To read favorite portions of the Scriptures to the exclusion of other parts is a habit to be avoided. But to read the Bible thus is not enough. We must seek to become intimately and experimentally acquainted with Him whom the Scriptures reveal, acquainted with the blessed Jesus who has given Himself to die in our stead. Oh, what an abiding, soul-satisfying portion do we possess in Him!

Act on the Light We Receive

    Another point needs especially to be noticed: it is that we seek habitually to carry out what we know. We must seek to act up to the light that we have received and then more will assuredly be given. If we fail to do this, our light will be turned into darkness.

    It is of the deepest importance that we walk with a sincere, honest, upright heart before the Lord. If evil is practiced or harbored and connived at, the channel of communication between our souls and God (for the time being) will be cut off. It is all important to remember this. Infirmities and weaknesses will cleave to us as long as we remain in the body, but this is a different thing from willingly allowing evil. I must be able with a true, honest, upright heart to look my Heavenly Father in the face and to say, "Here I am, blessed Lord; do with me as Thou wilt."

    Then let us remember that we are God’s stewards. Our time, our wealth, our talents, our all are His and His alone. Let us seek to remember this, and to carry it out, and then what happy Christians shall we be! It is a divine principle: "To him that hath shall more be given." (See Matt. 13:12; Mark 4:25; Luke 8:18, 19:26). As assuredly as we seek to make good use of that which is confided to us, more will be imparted. We shall be used of the Lord, and shall become increasingly happy in His own most blessed service. We have only one life – one brief life. Let us seek with renewed purpose of heart to consecrate that one life wholly to the Lord – day by day to live for God and to serve Him with our body, soul and spirit which are His.

    As we advance in years, let us not decline in spiritual power, but let us see to it that an increase of spiritual vigor and energy be found in us, that our last days may be our best days. Our holy faith does not consist in talking. Reality, reality, reality is what we want! Let us have heart work. Let us be genuine. Worldly persons should be constrained to say of us, "If ever there was a Christian upon earth, there was one."

God Revealed in the Scriptures

    Reverting to the Scriptures, in them through the teaching of the Holy Spirit we become acquainted with the character of God. Our eyes are divinely opened to see what a loving Being God is! And this good, gracious, loving heavenly Father is ours, our portion for time and for eternity. And our Lord Jesus who gave Himself for us is that blessed One to whose image and likeness we shall be conformed. To serve Him should be our greatest joy and privilege as long as we remain on earth.

    When trial and affliction come, when God deals with us as though He were not the lovely, kind and gracious Being presented to us in His Word, shall we murmur and despond? Ah, no! Beloved in Christ, let us trust our heavenly Father. Let us like little children hang entirely on Him, reposing in the sweet assurance of His unchangeable, eternal love. Let us remember how He acted toward His saints of old, what His dealings were with them. Let us remember what is recorded concerning their history, for now as He has ever done, God will most surely act according to His Word. This intimate, experimental acquaintance with Him will make us truly happy. Nothing else will. If we are not happy Christians (I speak deliberately, I speak advisedly) there is something wrong. The fault is ours and ours alone.

    In God our Father and the blessed Jesus, our souls have a rich, divine, imperishable, eternal treasure. Let us enter into practical possession of these true riches. Let the remaining days of our earthly pilgrimage be spent in an ever-increasing, devoted, earnest consecration of our souls to God.