[August 29]
Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. Colossians 3:23
THE Lord leaves his people free from restraints; free from threats; free from compulsion; to the intent that they may present their bodies living sacrifices day by day. Now, as then, whoever grows cold may discontinue his sacrificing, but himself will be the loser. We want to keep distinctly before our minds that while God condemns sin, and while his people have no liberty in this respect, but are obligated to do their best to withstand sin, it is different in the matter of sacrifice. The Lord is calling for freewill offerings, and whatever is not given with a hearty good will, yea, with an earnest desire, with zeal, may as well be kept —but the rewards promised to those who imitate the spirit of the Master and his devotion will be lost also. Z'02-149 R3009:2(Hymn 299)