Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Summer Celebration such a wonderful success. It took an enormous amount of work and we are particularly grateful to our coordinating team – Heather, Nat and Naomi.
The whole event is a reminder that working for Christ is a (super-) natural consequence of being saved by Christ. Our efforts as Christians are described as ‘your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ’ (1 Thess 1v3).
This working for Christ is a uniquely and distinctly Christian characteristic. As Horatio Bonar puts it:
It is forgiveness that sets a man working for God. He does not work in order to be forgiven, but because he has been forgiven, and the consciousness of his sin being pardoned makes him long more for its entire removal than ever he did before.
An unforgiven man cannot work. He has not the will, nor the power, nor the liberty. He is in chains. Israel in Egypt could not serve Jehovah. “Let my people go, that they may serve Me,” was God’s message to Pharaoh (Exodus 8:1): first liberty, then service.
A forgiven man is the true worker, the true Law-keeper. He can, he will, he must work for God. He has come into contact with that part of God’s character which warms his cold heart. Forgiving love constrains him. He cannot but work for Him who has removed his sins from him as far as the east is from the west. Forgiveness has made him a free man, and given him a new and most loving Master. Forgiveness, received freely from the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, acts as a spring, an impulse, a stimulus of divine potency. It is more irresistible than law, or terror, or threat. (Horatio Bonar, God’s Way of Holiness, 1864)