The Wanderer

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Conrad Mbewe has some stimulating challenges, directed primarily to missionaries but equally relevant to pastors on the home front, about the practical atheism that often cripples the would-be minister of the gospel:

What is it that is stopping them from laying both hands to the plough? The common answer to this question is something along these lines: “I need to build a house first before I can go.”

He points to the example of our Lord Christ:

My argument here is that the worthiness of a cause can be seen by how much people are willing to suffer for it. Look at the price that Jesus paid when he incarnated among us. He left the splendour of heaven knowing his destiny was not only the lonely hill of Golgotha but also years of hardship and tears. Why? It was because of the worthiness of the cause. His sacrifice was going to result in the salvation of billions and, above all, it was going to bring glory to our great God.

Here is his closing appeal:

Let me end with an appeal to all of us to bear in mind that the Lord will certainly reward us for any sacrifices we make on his behalf. He is no man’s debtor! When Peter said to Jesus that they had left everything to follow him, his reply was, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life” (Mark 10:28-30). Think on these things!

We are often concerned to establish a given level of comfort, security and stability before we make a decision to serve Christ.  We say, in effect, “I will serve you, as long as you do not make it too hard.”  Again, we need to remember that the crucified Christ called upon his disciples willingly to embrace a cross, to take up an instrument of death, and to follow him.  Perhaps today we are too inclined to take up our pillows.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Tuesday 9 February 2010 at 16:52

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