God is to have the scraps of a man's life!
(Charles Spurgeon, "A Good Start!")
David said, "O Lord, truly I am Your servant." Psalm 116:16
If you become the servant of God--then become the servant of God truly. God is not mocked.
It is the curse of our churches, that we have so many merely nominal Christians in them. It is the plague of this age, that so many profess Christ--and yet never intend to live for Him. Oh, if you serve God, mean it!
If a man serves the devil--then let him serve the devil!
But if he serves God--then let him serve God!
Is there not much of this hypocrisy abroad? God is to have the scraps of a man's life--and he flings these down as if they were all that God was worth. But as for the world, that is to have the vigor of his life and the cream of his being.
God does not want nominal servants! "O Lord, truly I am Your servant!" He who does not mean to betruly God's servant, let him not pretend to be one at all.
Every man in the presence of the cross-bearing Jesus, should feel that to take up his cross and follow Christ is the most natural thing that can be; and he should resolve in God's strength that he will do it, and continue to obey the Lord, though all the world should ridicule. He must put on the badge of Christ, and say, "I am His servant and His follower from this day to life's end, and will shoulder the cross! I am free from all the maxims and customs of the world!"
"And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15