As his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. —1 Samuel 30:24
Two hundred of David’s men could not go on with him in pursuit of the Amalekites. They were faint and stayed at the brook Besor. When the four hundred who fought the battle returned with the spoils of victory, some did not want to share with those who had “tarried by the stuff.” But, David ruled otherwise.
For one reason or another, some of us do not get over Besor. Some saints are housed in feeble bodies or otherwise kept at Besor. They never make the headlines with the four hundred who fight on the front lines. Some prayed and toiled to keep the hardier souls in the battle, and when the final prizes are awarded “they shall part alike.”
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. —Matthew 23:11
A ranking government official who came into President Lincoln’s office was startled to find the chief executive shining his shoes. “Sir,” he gasped, “surely you do not polish your own shoes!” “Of course,” replied the humble President. “Whose do you polish?” The greatness of a man is evidenced by his humility. In the words of an old Filipino saying, “The taller the bamboo grows, the lower it bends.”
The greatest example of this is the life of Jesus. He “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant” (Phil. 2:7). Jesus “laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.” When He was finished He said, “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:4-5, 14-15)
Am I willing to serve people as Jesus did? When I humble myself, then God will give me the grace to grow into maturity where, I like the tall bamboo, can lower myself to serve those of “low estate” (see Rom. 12:16).
How tall are you spiritually? Tall and flexible enough to bend low and serve people in all kinds of situations?
They feared the Lord, and served their own gods. —2 Kings 17:33
Israelites were living a double life. One the one hand they feared the Lord, but on the other hand they served their own gods. The Lord was the God of their lips but not of their lives. Jesus described them, “The people draweth nigh me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” He asked, “Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Paul writes of those “who profess that they know God; but in works they deny him.”
What we profess on Sunday needs to be practiced the rest of the week. Worship and work must bear the same witness. It is what we serve that tells the tale. No man can serve two masters. The shame of too many church members is that they lead a double life; they fear the Lord and serve their own gods. I pray this is not true of you.
“I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish” —John 10:28
How can you have assurance that God will not save you today, then change His mind about you tomorrow?
I read a story about an elderly grandfather who was very wealthy. Because he was going deaf, he decided to buy a hearing aid. Two weeks later he stopped at the store where he had bought it and told the manager he could now pick up conversation quite easily, even in the next room. “Your relatives must be happy to know that you can hear so much better,” beamed the delighted proprietor.
“Oh, I haven’t told them yet,” the man chuckled. “I’ve just been sitting around listening—and you know what? I’ve changed my will twice!”
Remember, God always hears us, but He will never change His love for us, because we stand before Him by grace.
No Such Thing
“And he is before all things. that in all things he might have the preeminence.” -Colossians 1:16, 18
There’s no such thing as a self made man. We are all composites of many people who have influenced our life in one way or another. There is no such thing as evolution.
We are human beings created in the image of God. There is no such thing as “luck.” There is no such thing as an atheist because no person can claim as an absolute certainty there is no God.
But consider this also. Since Jesus is before all things, and preeminent above all things, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE NEXT BEST THING TO JESUS! There is no such thing as the next best thing to being saved!
There is no such thing as the next best thing to God’s Holy Word (Ps. 138:2). There is no such thing as the next best thing to God’s love and care for His own.
Therefore we ought to be giving Him our best: the best of our efforts, the best of our days, the best of our talents, the best of everything we’ve got! Are you giving Him YOUR BEST?