Completing His Work…
The author of Hebrews speaks of Christ’s redemptive act as His Initiative “in bringing many sons and daughters to glory” (Heb. 2:10). Contemplating this great work and it’s aim Isaac Watts penned over 400 years ago the words to the enduring hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. We sang this together last Sunday. Within its lyrics are the words “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.” (When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Isaac Watts, 1707).
Christ died that He might “bring many sons and daughters to glory.” He died that He might restore our lost souls into His fellowship once again. But He did not complete that great work. He asks those who believe on Him, those who trust Him to be Whom He claimed, those whose only claim to heaven rests completely upon His merits… these He entrusts with the responsibility of completing this great work!
We cannot pretend to do this; we must actually do this. It is His provision, plan, and possibility for us, to become yoked with Him and plow this hardened earth together with Him (Matt. 11:29). “We are co-workers in God’s service,” wrote Paul (1 Cor. 3:9). Christ made possible the way, we know Him and this way. We must now live this way and tell this way. Some will plant, some will water, some will reap (1 Cor. 3:5-9). The Holy Spirit will lead, convict, testify (John 16:8). But Christ is trusting us to work with Him. He is trusting us to bring light to darkness. He is trusting us to reflect His Glory thereby with Him complete that work “in bringing many sons and daughters to glory.”
Let us not disappoint Him.
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Cor. 4:4).
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.… let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:14, 16).