“I came down to the walnut grove to see the blossoms of the valley, to see if the vines were budding and the pomegranates blooming. Before I knew it, My desire put me among the chariots of My noble people.” vs11-12
You look for fruit, Lord Jesus, and You find it is me. Scripture says, “Ephraim, Why should he have anything more to do with idols? It is I who answer and watch over him. I am like a flourishing pine tree; Your fruit comes from Me (Hosea 14).” The Lord Jesus gives us fruit, He inspects it, and we give it to Him willingly. This word “noble” is also translated “willing”, and we are willing in the day of His power to give Him our hearts, our freedom, and all that we have because we love Him and count Him worthy.
1 It is vain to serve man. He cannot please you, and it is mere idolatry. Serving the Savior satisfies because He is worthy of praise and honor. Rev 5:9, “And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slaughtered, and You redeemed people for God by Your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation.” That fact that He did not redeem all men, but only people “from every tribe and language and people” gives us the SPECIALNESS of grace.
We are thankful because we’ve obtained great mercy that magnifies the Sovereign. We could have been left to ourselves, and if we had not been chosen, then we’d surely perish forever, but in mercy that begins with election and ends in eternal glorification, we have been picked to serve Him. “For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers (Rom 8:29).” This stirs our willingness and makes us noble! It is the preciousness of the gift, and the power of irresistible grace, that makes us serve the Son of God.
2 Do not think that you are His if you have no fruitfulness. The grace that God gives saves a man apart from works and makes him work with all his heart (James 2:22). He is not satisfied with imputed righteousness, but he must love the Son of God from his new heart. God stirs up our affections, and He makes us see how slothful and ungrateful we are. He sets Himself up in our souls as worthy of praise and honor, so we cry out, so we can render fruitfulness to Him. “Deeply hurt, Hannah prayed to the LORD and wept with many tears. Making a vow, she pleaded, ‘LORD of Multitudes, if You will take notice of Your servant’s affliction, remember and not forget me, and give Your servant a son, I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and his hair will never be cut (1 Sam 1:10-11).
The bosom that says, “O wretched man that I am” thanks God for Jesus Christ, and by free justification brings forth love. It is our reasonable service, and we know it. Paul said, “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your reasonable service (Rom 12:1).” Being saved by grace makes us serve all the more.
3 You have been chosen for service. Our Lord told Paul, “The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of His voice. For you will be a witness for Him to all people of what you have seen and heard (Acts 22:14-15).” You and I have been saved for the same reason: He revealed Himself so that we could know Him saving us from death, then make Him known for the salvation of others.
Someone asked me yesterday, repeatedly, “What is the meaning of life?” This was a believing child of God, confused on his purpose, finding everything vanity. I replied, “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man (Eccl 12:13).” I said, “To know Him and make Him known”, and this is true, for Paul said, “I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him having been crucified (1 Cor 2:2).” He responded a few hours later, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory (1 Cor 10:31).”
You and I have not been made to live for ourselves, but for Christ. We are not to seek our own name, but Christ’s name and Christ’s fame must be spread abroad. We are not here to be great preachers but to give great glory to the Lord Jesus – the One who is worthy of all acclaim, the One who heals our hearts and saves our souls from damnation. Do not “do you” or serve yourself even slightly. Do not use the things of God to make yourself great, but give it all, from your heart, to Jesus Christ. Lift Him up repeatedly by revealing what He’s revealed to you. Are you lowly? Preach the Christ that saves sinners and encourages saints in the deep. Are you elevated? Preach the Christ that lifts up beggars from the dunghill, reminding people that you must be low to be high (1 Sam 2:8).
Brothers, bring fruit to the Son. He looks for it and sees it!