“Oh Lord, What Shall We Do?” (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

After someone becomes saved and is a Christian, the first thing he or she usually does is start looking for something to practice because of one’s instinctive belief that they must do something spiritually or godly to become worthy of their salvation. Thus, the question arises, Oh Lord, what shall we do? I know that someone may think, “Oh, here it comes, this is when he will start asking for money, penance, works (tons of works), and tell you that you need to purchase something to open up the floodgates of God’s blessings.” No . . .! Sorry, I cannot and will not oblige anyone in that way.

No — and I will tell you why — these escapades have been practiced for centuries and have senselessly hurt innumerable Christians and potential Christian people, for those works will undermine and counter true godliness and grace. We may in good conscience refrain from these past notions of practicing the works of the Law to receive our justification (Galatians 3:11, and Ephesians 2:8-9), and proceed forward to what the Word of God does pass on to believers through Christ in grace.

Galatians 2:16:
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

II Timothy 1:9:
Who {God in Christ} hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

Grace was given to us before the world began; we cannot change this eternal truth, but we can certainly accept it without works for we are saved by the work of our Savior, Jesus Christ. God’s ultimate plan of man’s redemption and our receiving His grace was always in His thinking, even before the world began, and when and as we accept this divine grace into our hearts we will be able to experience its fullness; this is why Ephesians 1:3 says that God has “chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.” Jesus’ work on our behalf was completed in order to display the “mercy” of God that allows us to freely accept our grace-filled salvation without works.

Titus 3:4-7:
-4: But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared {note the exclusion of wrath, anger, and vengeance, but rather the inclusion of God’s kindness and love!}.
-5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration {i.e., a new birth in Christ, I Peter 1:23}, and renewing of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit};
-6: Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
-7: That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Well, these verses take all the guesswork and the work out of our being saved because we are justified by his grace and we become heirs of the hope of eternal life that is promised and given to all believers through the kindness and love of our God. Please notice that all this was given without our works or money, and we received by our believing what God promised all the way back “from the beginning,” as II Thessalonians 2:13 discloses the truth that, “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”

Psalms 49:6-7:
-6: They that trust in their wealth, and boast in themselves the multitude of their riches;
-7: None of them can by any means redeem his brother {so much for the “plenary indulgences”}, nor give to God a ransom for him {himself – because Jesus already paid the ultimate price as our complete ransom, I Corinthians 6:20, and I Timothy 2:6}:

Acts 8:20:
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God {salvation} may be purchased with money.

I Peter 1:18-19:
-18: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, {such} as silver and gold, from your vain conversations received by tradition from your fathers;
-19: But with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot:
The Epistle of Colossians and the Book of Isaiah in the Amplified Bible contains some remarkable eye-opening statements in regard to some well-established, but unbiblical mandates:

Colossians 2:21-23 (The Amplified Bible):**
-21: Do not handle [this], Do not taste [that], Do not even touch [them],
-22: Referring to things all of which perish with being used. To do this is to follow human precepts and doctrines.
-23: Such [practices] have indeed the outward appearance [that popularly passes] for wisdom, in promoting self-imposed rigor of devotion and delight in self-humiliation and severity of discipline of the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh (the lower nature). [Instead, they do not honor God but serve only to indulge the flesh.]

Isaiah 29:13 (The Amplified Bible):*
And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and fear {respect} and their reverence for Me are {only} a commandment of men that is learned by repetition [without any thought as to the meaning].

After you have believed and confessed in your heart as Romans 10:9 and 10 prescribes, then the first thing that God asks you for is to receive rather than to pay out in some way. Honestly, our heavenly Father desires that you begin enjoying His many blessings, His grace, His mercy, His healing Word, and for His children to grow at their own pace with the intended profit, which His Prophets wrote into the Word of life. God’s Word reveals to believer’s divine promises and these are given to us with His lovingkindness for our believing, and being thankful for these is the appropriate response and conclusion for receiving salvation and the blessings that follow.

Ephesians 1:3:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Colossians 3:15-17:
-15: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
-16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
-17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Being thankful and giving thanks are foundations that help the individual believer to accept, stand on, and appreciate the graces of God. In order to really begin understanding and enjoying what we have been given may take some time, so please have some patience with yourself, and allow the word of Christ to dwell in you richly as God delicately and incrementally begins pouring His true blessings into your life, heart, and soul. Yet the nature of man is to refute grace, and attempt to earn a good standing with God, a standing He has already given. Truly, a miraculous miracle has taken place in your life because you have already passed from judgment to grace, from a child of the world to a child of God.

These are some of the things that God wants you to know and thoroughly understand, and believe me this takes time and plenty of patience on our parts.

So where do we learn about those things that God would have us know, and how can we learn to appreciate them once we know of them? We learn from Jesus Christ who is the principle subject throughout God’s Word, and as we begin to accept “the manifold graces of God” in our lives, appreciation will grow from within without compulsion. This is the simplest, and best (biblical) answer I know to the question. Oh Lord, what shall we do?

I Peter 4:10:
As every man hath received the gift {of salvation}, even so minister {help and give assistance} the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

God’s Word contains the knowledge of Christ (John 1:45), healing (Psalms 107:20), spiritual understanding (John 6:63), and direction (II Timothy 3:16-17). It is knowing these that we begin growing with spiritual understanding, as we begin enjoying our walks with our heavenly Father, immersed in His love for us individually.

Romans 8:38-39:
-38: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
-39: Nor height, nor death, nor any other creature {in other words, there is not anything that}, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Oh Lord, what shall we do? Today as we live our lives and go about our daily business, wheresoever we are, let us begin enjoying the truth that nothing — absolutely nothing, whatsoever shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, and Christ is in us.

Colossians 1:27:
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permissoin.

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

A Lovely Service

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 123:2:
Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

In the biblelands, a faithful servant or maiden would always fix his or her eyes on the masters or mistress’s eyes and hands even from afar as servants cherished the responsibility of being in the service of the master or mistress because they were rewarded for their service. In time, a personal bond would grow between the master and his servant, as they became companions on life’s journey, and the servant would treasure the trust he has earned and as well, the master would cherish the trust he has placed in his servant.

You see, when a master had this kind of bond with a watchful servant, there would be unspoken communications and directions sent, and blessings and rewards received. For instance, when their master or mistress would perhaps raise one eyebrow in a certain way or move his or her hand with a subtle gesture, the master, or mistress would be directing a servant or maiden to do something, perhaps bring a cup of water, or a pillow, or possibly let the cat out. The servant or maiden who would keep their eyes on the master or mistress would be blessed as Jesus taught, “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching” (Luke 12:37). A servant or maiden that has earned this trust would receive better food, better sleeping arrangements, much better clothing – etcetera, and the respect of the master or maiden.

In the time of the Gospels a Centurion (an officer in the Roman army in charge of a unit of approximately 100 foot soldiers), implored Jesus’ help for his servant when Jesus was teaching in Capernaum, on the northwestern shores of the Sea of Galilee. This servant of the Centurion had become incredibly sick and paralyzed and he was bedridden being “grievously tormented” with his inflection (Matthew 8:5-13).

You know it would have been much easier for that Centurion to dismiss his savant and just order up another one, if not for one thing and one thing only; they both had a bond of friendship that the two of them built together. When that servant was down and on his back, his master in a reversal of roles kept his eyes on his servant, went to work for him, and served the servant until help was found; this was the benefit and blessing his servant had earned and received by being a faithful steward in his service to his master.

Proverbs 18:24 also refers to this kind of man who in a time of need becomes a “friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” What an awesome bond the two men had for each other. As this Centurion watched over his servant, we find an excellent example of our heavenly Father keeping His eyes upon the faithful as they serve Him:

Psalms 101:6:
Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, {God’s way, reserved for “the pure in heart” and} he shall serve me.

Matthew 5:8:
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see {understand or comprehend} God.

The pure in heart are those who seek to faithfully serve the LORD. Faithful servants learn to respectively watch over His Word “as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (I Peter 4:10). And they – my friend – are the faithful of the land and the eyes of the LORD will watch over, and may I say, because He is God, He can do this more intently than any Centurion or caregiver could possibly fathom. Man’s response is to allow our heavenly Father this privilege as we wait on Him, considering that this also is our privilege.

Psalms 130:5-6:
-5: I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
-6: My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

What an awesome partnership we can build with our heavenly Father, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee” (Psalms 84:11-12).

A faithful servant was highly prized and extremely trusted by the master or mistress, and through this trust, an equally respected bond would continue to grow often into some real friendships as Jesus told some of his disciples:

John 15:15:
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Jesus has given us a remarkable reason to be in his service, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). The ultimate reach of his friendship and love to you and I was that he not only said this but that he did this for you and I, his friends, as Peter wrote, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (I Peter 3:18). Thankfully Jesus became, “a friend of publicans and sinners” (Matthew 11:19), so that he may bring us to God.

Jesus Christ is as a golden thread, and he connects our hearts to the heavenly Father’s heart. All so often, Christian believers do not feel like they are a real part of God’s family or have access to God’s gifts, and that they do not really belong to Christ. (The best way that I know how to help one another find what is their personal part, purpose, and reason for being in the service of Christ is through receiving a personal understanding of who Jesus Christ is to them individually, whom we explore and explain in detail through our eBooklet series, The Golden Thread. This series is a blueprint that traces the biblical realities of Jesus through the entire Bible and makes them clearly understandable, because through Christ we come to know that God will remember and reward us through eternity as he is the link between God and man,─ I Timothy 2:5). Coming to personally know our Savior helps to enable God’s children who are on Christ’s behalf reaching out in Christian service and being a blessing to one another.

Today we have unfettered access to God Himself because of the service of our friend, our Savior, and our every reason to enlist in the service of offering his love to each other, “by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). Proverbs 22:11 declares, “He that loveth pureness of heart {see Matthew 8:5, above}, for the grace of his lips {graceful lips that speak of love} the king shall be his friend.” In our case, the king that shall be our friend is Jesus Christ who shall be with us as we learn to reach out to serve love to our fellow man!

I John 4:7-11:
-7: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
-8: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
-9: In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
-10: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
-11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Believers today who are in the service of our heavenly Father will also receive His laureled honor, are also in the service of Jesus Christ as he taught, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour” (John 12:26).

There is only one way to reach out and reciprocate the love of our friend and Savior and that is to serve love. Love is a part of him, and through his love “ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:24). Through the lovely service of love, we will discover the true mercies God has placed upon our lives, mercy that has made us deserving of serving Him through the eternity of His love.

So our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, as a servant would look for and anticipate guidance and blessings; we in the service of the LORD shall receive the guidance enjoyed from His blessings and mercy upon our lives. Psalms 59:17 reads, “Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.” Notice the Psalmist wrote, the God of my mercy; once God gives you His mercy, then it is yours to explore and enjoy as you take pleasure in discovering its many benefits.

Mercy means the withholding of judgments, and thus, it is to receive something you do not literally get (judgments), mercy is actually receiving something so much greater than judgments for mercy is your proof of the personal relationship that you have worked to build in the service of the Creator of heaven and earth! One who is in the service of the LORD becomes one who is at peace with Him, and this peace grows and is nurtured into a united bond between both the LORD and His child who is waiting upon and receiving from Him daily inspiration and guidance.

The phrase, in the first verse of this study, until that he have mercy upon us, does not imply that He “may not” have mercy, but indicates the time (or duration) of God’s mercy upon us, which is now. And mercy becomes more and more realized and accepted and appreciated in our lives through the unspoken communications received from our inspiration in a lovely service of serving the LORD.

Psalms 86:5:
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Psalms 90:14:
O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Psalms 107:1:
O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Colossians 3:22-24:
-22: Servants {this can be applied to employees on the job}, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing {respecting, honoring} God:
-23: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
-24: Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Hebrews 4:16:
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.