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Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21

The Lord Has Need of You



1.  There is a sense in which the Lord does not need us, Acts 17:25; Psa. 50:10-12. As Sovereign Creator, all is His. He sustains us, we do not sustain Him.

2.  In another sense, God has chosen to make us (humans) crucial to His plans and will – His servants who further His purposes on earth.

  a.  To bear fruit, Jno. 15:5.

  b.  Influence for good, Phil. 2:14-16 (Matt. 5:13).

  c.  Spread the gospel, Mk. 16:15.

3.  Jesus had need of animals, Matt. 21:1-3. How much more, then, does He have need of you?



   -Readiness, hope, meekness, and reverence

  A.  Some have No Room for Christ in their Hearts, cf. Lk. 2:7.

    1.     No room for His word – Because filled with lusts and works of Satan, Jno. 8:37, 38, 41-47.

    2.     Not of God – Blinded by Satan, they are lost.

  B.    Some Have Too Little Room for Christ, Mk. 4:18-19.

    1.     Wandering mind that is not fixed on Christ – Other things deter.

    2.     Just enough faith to be hindered, and to be a hindrance to others.

    3.     These must be constantly coaxed to obey.

  C.    Some Will Give Christ Full Room in their Hearts.

    1.     cf. Paul (count all loss), Phil. 3:5-11.

    2.     cf. Cornelius, although a very good man, did not fight against obeying new information (truth), Acts 10:33 (2, 22); 11:14.

    3.     How do we give Christ first place in our heart? By faith, Eph. 3:14-19.

      a.    God strengthen you through Spirit, 3:16.

      b.     Christ may dwell in heart by faith, 3:17.

      c.     Lay hold of His love, filled with all fullness of God (1:3), 3:18-19.

      d.    Christ lives in us by faith, Gal. 2:20.



  A.   Who Will Sacrifice for Him, Jno. 21:15-19.

    1.    Peter had work to do which would require supreme love for Christ, 21:15-17.

    2.     His manner of death, 21:18-19.

    3.     Do your work faithfully for Christ, regardless of the work and circumstances of another Christian, 21:20-22.

    4.     Carry your cross without shame, Lk. 9:23-26.

  B.    Who Will be Diligent, Rom. 12:11 (hasten to do a thing, exert oneself, endeavor).

    1.     To inherit the promise, Heb. 6:11-12.

    2.     To make your calling and elec­tion sure, 2 Pet. 1:5.

    3.     To be acceptable when Christ returns, 2 Pet. 3:14.

    4.     Do not be deterred from excellence.



     [“lit., taking hold well...primarily, cautious, signifies in the N.T., careful as to the realization of the presence and claims of God, reverencing God, pious...reverence exhib­ited especially in actions…” (Vine I:307-308)]

  A.   Who Will Pray Earnestly (1 Thess. 5:17).

    1.    Energetic to achieve righ­teous purposes, Jas. 5:16.

    2.     According to His will, Jas. 4:3; 1 Jno. 5:14-15.

  B.    Who Will Use God's Word Accurately, 2 Tim. 2:15.

    1.     As a sufficient guide, 2 Tim. 3:16-17.

    2.     Without altering it to suit self, 2 Cor. 2:17; 2 Tim. 4:3-4.

    3.     Not ignore it or even seek to destroy it, Jer. 36:23-25.

  C.    Live for Heaven, Phil. 3:20; 1 Pet. 2:11-12.

    1.     Truly be a citizen of heaven while on earth.

    2.     A pilgrim when the siren call of the world entices – Resist and be victorious. (1 Jno. 5:4)



1.  “Christ has no hands but our hands, to do His work today…”

2.  Christ wants you. Real question is, do you want Him?



By: Joe R. Price

Posted October 9, 2019