Memorise:

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,

To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
James 1:27

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

MESSAGE:
In these end times, the Lord is looking for those who are ready to consecrate themselves to His use.

If you are ready to partner with God in His service, you can be sure that your reward will not only be great on earth but also in heaven.

However, for you to be a vessel unto honour in the service of the Lord, you must be ready to admit your insignificance before Him (Isaiah 40:17

You must also be ready to follow the Lord all the way, cheerfully and heartily

You should see it as a great honour for God to count you worthy of being called into the service of His kingdom.

Furthermore, God is holy, and so, for you to be a vessel in His service, you must also be holy in thought, character and conduct.

Those who want to continue in sin and also live a hypocritical lifestyle cannot be blessed in God’s service

You must surrender your life to Christ genuinely.

This is a prerequisite in offering acceptable service to the Lord

Any defiled or polluted person cannot behold the glory of God’s holiness

In the scriptures, those who offered acceptable service, such as Enoch, Daniel, Elijah and Job, made up their minds that they would not allow anything to pollute their lives

Note however that you cannot all by yourself keep yourself from the vanities of this world; neither can you live a holy life through your morality

You can only live a holy and acceptable life by yielding to the grace of God

God’s grace enables us to offer acceptable service before Him

Expounding on this grace
Titus 2:11-12 says,
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”

Although there are several winds of false doctrine blowing across the world today, the Lord expects us to continue in the pure and undiluted word of God
(2 Peter 3:16-18)

This is the anchor that keeps us from being tossed about (Hebrews 6:18-19)

This undefiled word of God will help us keep that which is committed into our hands as we offer our service to God in these last days

We must be watchful so that our works will not be adjudged as imperfect before the throne of God

In the Body of Christ today, many people serve God amiss

They are working, but not asking themselves if their labour follows the due order of heaven (1 Chronicles 15:13)

If you fail to assess the methods you are using to achieve the mandate of the Commission, you will be shocked at the judgement seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10, 1 Corinthians 3:13-15)

What are the motives behind what you do in Church?
What attitude do you display when your pastor is not there to watch over you?
How are you utilizing the resources entrusted to your care?A MEMORY VERSE

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  1. How many of you think about the hymns you sing, and make them the expression of your own feelings? How many of you fancy that you have spent the Sunday rightly when you go to church and listen more or less attentively to what your minister may have to say to you, and then go out and live a life in flat contradiction to the prayers, and the hymns, and the readings, and the preachings in which you have nominally taken part? Oh, Brethren! let us get into reality, and learn more and more than ever we have done that worship does not mean the external act, but the bowing of the spirit before God, and that amidst the many temptations to insincerity, unreality, and dead, fossil formalism, which adhere to all forms of oral and ceremonial worship, there is as much need to-day as ever there was that we should listen to him who says, ‘What hath thy God required of thee but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?’ ‘Lord! Lord! have we not prophesied in Thy name?’ ‘Depart from Me; I never knew you.’
    III. And now let me say one last word as to the only possible foundation for such a life.
    It is worship, it is the expression of religion, and only when it is the expression of religion will you find beneficence and purity in their highest and noblest forms. There are people that say, ‘I do not understand the Psalms; they are far too rapturous and emotional for me. I do not care about Paul and his metaphysical theology. I cannot make much of John and his mysticism. Give me James. That is plain common-sense; that is good practical morality. No clouds of darkness, no fine-spun theories.’ Yes, and James has for his fundamental principle that if you want morality you must begin with religion. He believes that visiting the widows and the fatherless in affliction, and keeping oneself unspotted from the world, or, in other words, the highest form of morality, is the body, of which religion is the soul.
    I am not going to enter upon that thorny question of the possibility of having an independent theory of ethics without religion, but my point is this – theory or no theory, where will you get the practical power that will work the theory and bring it out of the region of theory into the region of daily life and fact? I know it is extremely narrow, extremely old-fashioned, extremely illiberal, and I believe it is profoundly true. Begin with Jesus Christ and the wish to please Him, and there is the root out of which all these self-regarding and other’s regarding graces and beauties will most surely come. I have no doubt that you can make your model of a life without Christianity, though I fancy that a great deal of the model comes from the Christianity. But after you have got it, then one comes and says, ‘Well! it is all very pretty – a beautiful model; do you think it will work?’ If you want it to work, obtain the fire of the Holy Spirit to get up the steam and then it will work. You must begin with religion if you are to have a vigorous moral life, and your work in the world must be worship if it is to rise to the height of these two great forms of beautiful and noble life, the regard for others and the effort at purity for yourselves.
    Do not run away with the perversion of this text which says, ‘I do not frequent churches and chapels; that is not worship. The diffused worship of my life is what God wants.’ Yes, that is what God wants. And you will be most likely to render the diffused worship of a life if you have reservoirs in the life – like Sundays, like hours of private devotion and prayer – from which will flow – and without which I doubt there will not deeply and perennially flow the broad streams of devotion all through your days. ‘Work is worship’ is a monastic motto that is very frequently quoted nowadays. Well, ‘it depends; as they say. Work is worship if there is a reference to God in it, It is not worship unless there is. Brethren, begin where the New Testament begins, with faith in Jesus Christ, and you will end with a worship which harmonises the service of the lip and the service of the life. And if you do not begin so, you may flout the prayers of the Church, and look upon our gatherings together as of very little value, but I doubt extremely whether you will ever have in your life the all-present reference to God which will make common deeds worship, and I doubt whether you will ever succeed either in beneficence to others, or in keeping yourselves unspotted from the world.

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