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Topic: Volunteer (11/23/06)
TITLE: The "Doctrine" of Volunteerism
By David Morey
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It is the greatest act of volunteerism ever known! Jesus, the eternal Son of God, the one through whom all things were created (John 1:3), laid aside his royal raiment for the common cloak of man – paradise for sacrifice. It is a truth that is hard to grasp, mysterious yet divinely magnificent. It is a truth that causes us to question why the infinite creator would ever determine to commingle with his finite and fallen creation. To answer the question is to approach the heart of God.
Jesus came that he might "give himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own." (Titus 2:14 NIV) He volunteered himself, even to death, that we could rightly be called the children of God. (John 1:12) He came that we might exchange our corrupted clothes for the righteous robe he alone gives and share with him in the great heavenly inheritance. He came to redeem us that we might know him. He came that we might have abundance in this life and know perfectly the glory of his presence in the life beyond.
To receive our divine inheritance, we must simply volunteer our pride. We must volunteer our barren attempts at equality with God and accept his perfect plan and purpose. We must approach the grace of God with honest humility, volunteering everything except our trust in Christ alone. And as we do so, as we receive God’s grace by faith, we stand among those who, by our Lord’s divine act of volunteerism, will worship him throughout eternity and beyond.
And so, the question turns to us. In response to all that Jesus has done for us, are we willing to volunteer a little time or a little comfort or, perhaps, a little of our reputation? Are we willing to set aside our convenience so that others may also share in the eternal inheritance of God? Will we proclaim the truth that others "may know (him), the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom (he) sent"? (John 17:3 NIV)
Who is it that is waiting for us to become volunteers – family, friend, neighbor, adversary? Will we, in love, become volunteers for their sake? That is a question that you and I must ponder. It is a question with eternal consequence and the way we answer, if we answer correctly, is to approach God's heart for man.
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