Monday, January 11, 2010

"For Thy Sake"

"And Laban said unto him (Jacob), I have learned by experience that God hath blessed me for thy sake" (Genesis 30:27).

Throughout the Old Testament, the principle of blessing being bestowed on some because of the person and merits of another is often repeated. None is more vivid than Laban's affirmation to Jacob, and his words are precisely what born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ can joyfully declare to our Savior. "God hath blessed me for Thy sake."

There are few more important Biblical doctrines to be understood in principle, and applied in life. Our own faithfulness is not the basis and reason for God's blessings in our life. It is rather the person, merit, and work of the Lord Jesus whereby our Heavenly Father's fount of favor flows unto us, as the hymnwriter so beautifully depicted, "Out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth and giveth and giveth again."

"God, for Christ’s sake, hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).

“For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth” (John 17:19).

"Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it" (John 14:13-14).

Understanding that we are already blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ because of His person, merit, and work will go far in motivating a faithfulness in us is that is not the basis of God's blessing, but rather the fruit of it. Experiencing this wonder of grace will even more fan the flame of devotion in our hearts. The Apostle John wrote that "we love Him because He first loved us," and the increase of such love is effected by increasing understanding and experience thereof (I John 4:19). Few truths, known in the mind and embraced by the heart, will further our journey along the path of righteousness more than this gift of grace whereby we continually affirm to our wondrous Lord Jesus, "I have learned by experience that God hath blessed me for Thy sake."

"Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich” (II Corinthians 8:9).

"And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them."
(Exodus 2:23-25)

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