Love Makes Obedience Sweet
By Adolph Saphir
If Jesus is Alpha, so is He Omega. We pray in His name, we live in His name, and we desire the glory of His name. To whom should ascend our thanksgivings but to Him who gave us all, who wrought all things in us? Who is the end, but He who is the beginning? To whom and for whom are we to live and to work, but to Him who redeemed us, the author and finisher of faith.
Let us then do all things unto the Lord. To please Him and to be approved of Him is the only right aim. Let us do all things heartily, and then Jesus Himself is our immediate reward. We can look forward that we shall not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
Love makes obedience sweet. The presence of Jesus, our divine Lord, will make our lives not only solemn, but also strong and vigorous. It will quicken and sustain every energy.
He is with us who loves us with more than a father's affection, more than a mother's tenderness, more than a brother's sympathy, more than a friend's faithfulness, more than a bridegroom's delight. This thought will animate us. We need never be lonely and faint. In all the meditations of our hearts, in our interaction with men, in our silent and secret sorrows and struggles, in our public words and actions, we are with Jesus. His presence is our rest and strength.
In this communion with Jesus we are conformed to His image. We learn to possess the mind which was in Him.