I have been reading Stephen Charnock’s book, “Christ Crucified – A Puritan’s View of the Atonement,” and every day I just sit there in awe. Every page deepens my understanding of Christ as my passover, priest, sacrifice and altar. Maybe I’ll share some of my favorite bits in another post. But today I’ll share one little sentence that challenged me in regard to ministry. Charnock is describing Christ’s attitude in offering Himself as a sacrifice for us, using Ephesians 5:1 as his text. ( “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor.”) And then he makes this comment:
“Love renders any work delightful.”
That spoke straight to my heart and I had to ask myself if it were true of me, here in this place, in these circumstances. Because it can be in Christ! Otherwise Paul would not be using Christ as our example in his exhortation. And speaking of Christ, Charnock continues, “The Sun of righteousness has not a less bridegroom-like spirit and cheerful disposition in running his race than the sun in the heavens is expressed to have, by the psalmist, in running his natural race in the heavens [Psalm 19:5 says “…the sun which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber and rejoices like a strong man to run its race.”] And Charnock reminds us, “all His work was ascribed to His love ( “…to Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood…” Rev. 1:5).
What an awesome Savior we have, who rejoiced like a bridegroom in His work for His bride, though he walked through a hate-filled world, which spit on Him and twisted everything He did. Yet He was no teeth-gritting savior! Oh God, thank you that I too in Christ have access to such love. Fill me now with no lesser love than His, that I too, might walk in love today and give myself in the much smaller ways I am called to, for Your glory and for your people’s joy.