“It doesn’t matter whether the Good News came through me or through others. We preached it and you believed it!” I Cor 15:11 (Simple English Bible)
Douglas was an evangelist. He traveled far and wide in southern Africa, taking the Good News to as many as would listen. Small churches sprang up in homes and in farm valleys. He didn’t much care for settling in any one particular place but felt that God was opening doors for His Word to be spread as far and wide as possible. Douglas was welcomed wherever he went. Until the day he received a letter from a local missionary.
It informed him that he was treading into an established area. The missionary had been there for over twenty years and felt that Douglas was intruding. He demanded that before any further travels or preaching be done that the missionary had to be forewarned in advance and permission given. Douglas was astounded. He had no intention at all of taking away anyone else’s work. In a letter reply, he stated that the church is Christ’s Body and the believers were God’s children. He said he would continue preaching and teaching Christ wherever he was called. The missionary never replied nor spoke to Douglas again.
The world around us is a field, white to harvest. Jesus asked for workers to be busy gathering the harvest. Surely, there is plenty of room for everyone who seeks to do God’s Will? And aren’t we His servants, blessed with talents and abilities in order to fulfill the gospel’s message? If this is true, we must be busy with our urgent task.
Imagine there is a bank account that credits you every morning with $86, 400.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that it doesn’t carry a balance over from day to day. Every evening, the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, right? Each of us has such a bank!
It’s called the Time Bank.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds and every night, it writes off as lost, whatever you failed to invest in a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. But each day, it opens a new account of 86, 400 seconds for you. Each night, it burns the remains of the day and if you fail to use that day’s deposit, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against tomorrow. You must live in the present on today’s deposit.
If we are wise, as Paul insisted, we should invest our time to get the maximum benefit for the Kingdom and our Lord. Being His servants, we are busy with His work.
The clock is running. Make the most of today.
“You have endurance. Yet you have carried on because of my Name; you’ve not become tired.” Rev 2:3 (Simple English Bible)
Jacob’s Dad worked on the railroads as a freight loader. It was long brutal hours, particularly in winter when the temperatures were below freezing. As a boy, Jacob looked forward to his father coming home after work. He smelled of trains, steel and grease. If it was possible, Jacob’s Dad would read him a Bible story every night before bed and leave the Bible open next to his bed. Until the accident. He was caught in a rolling stock misadventure and suffered severe head injuries, which resulted in hearing loss and an inability to speak.
From his teen years, Jacob would read the Bible to his father and they would pray together afterwards. His Mom died before his Dad turned fifty and it was just the two of them in the small house near the freight yards. When Jacob married and moved out, his father stayed on his own. He’d call his Dad daily even though he knew there would be no answer. But when the phone was picked up, Jacob new his father was okay. When two days passed and there was no pick-up, Jacob drove two hours to his home and found his Dad had passed away in bed. All over the house, he found Bibles opened to different places. And, an open Bible was over his father’s face. He’d been reading it when he died.
Endurance relies on total commitment. It is the backbone of our faith and belief in Christ. Without commitment, we’d soon be distracted by the world and even discouraged enough to let things do. And commitment is very easy to explain: it is making exactly the same decision over and over again every day. That is endurance.