Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from the Scripture
Gen. 24. 1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, 3 that I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, 4 but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”
Yesterday we saw the PRIVILEGE of evangelism. God conscripting Gospellers. Conferring upon us a glorious stewardship. Laying upon us the joy of seeking a bride for His Son. What Jesus would cast as making “disciples of all nations”: (Matt. 28.19) See in this way how fears are removed. The weight of duty replaced with the winsomeness of high honor.
Today, it would be good to see the PURSUIT of evangelism.
Notice, it is an intentional activity. Not an accidental by-product. Abraham sends trusted Eliezer with a purpose. He does not say: “by the way, keep your eyes open should a suitable wife for Isaac happen along.” Like he might just stumble across her at the market some day. He is sent out on purpose. As Jesus speaks of His own ministry: “For the Son of man CAME, to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19.10 – emphasis mine). In like manner He says “as the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20.21) Evangelism is to be done. It is not just to happen to us. Not that God does not make providential arrangements. But as the old yarn goes: It is amazing how lucky the diligent are. If we would have a harvest, we need to plant. We need to water. We need to weed. We do not make things grow. But we are asked to enter into the process of laboring in His field. We are to set our minds to it. To think about it. And to engage in it. On purpose. Intentionally.
Note too, that such intentionality requires going. If one would fish, you need to go where the fish are. We need to know the lost. We need to engage the lost. We need to be with the lost. This will require not staying at home. Not just doing Church. Seeking men and women for the express purpose of reconciling them to God in Jesus Christ.
If we were to marry these two ideas, it look something like: If you want to win the lottery, you need to buy a ticket. If we long to please the Father in carrying out His commission. If we want to please the Son in seeing His glory increased in the salvation of men. If we want to enter into the joy of the Lord. We need to be about it. We must set our minds and talents about the work.
Beloved, no one gets to Heaven by accident. And some might say, “yes, but we leave that to God’s providence.” Fair enough. Do you leave the paying of your bills to God’s providence? Do you leave the feeding of you body only to providence? Whatever falls into my mouth I’ll eat, but I’ll take no steps to lift the fork? Really? The raising of your children – simply left to providence? The list is endless. The truth is, that which gets done, is done. God created the heavens and the earth. It didn’t providentially appear. Jesus came to live and die among us. Not to simply let providence play itself out. We believe in providence – God’s rule over all. We do not believe in fatalism – What will be, will be. The two are miles apart.
Remember the reply of the man with one talent? “Master, I knew you were a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed.” And did the Master find this a reasonable response? No. Nor will He from you and me on that day. “You are sovereign in saving men, so I buried the Gospel I had.” How oppressive the very expressing of it out loud is to the soul. Don’t you feel it?
Beloved – let us go. Like our Master. Let us follow His lead. Let us risk the investment of what He has committed into our hands. In providence, it will yield what He determines. But let us not be found failing to seek its return with interest. May our hearts and minds reel with the possibilities. May we grow giddy with the thought of whose souls we might touch. Of what fame will accrue to our precious Savior in the declaring of His saving grace. Of what a glorious thing He has invited us to participate in. To enter into His own divine work. To be invested in things which will yield eternal results. To be about the Mater’s business. As His emissaries. As His ambassadors. As His sent ones.
Go be a matchmaker.