Wanted – Workers
maybe God is calling you to go further…The God who calls you into His work will supply your need as you
do His work and His will.
In our own denomination at present there are many needs. Perhaps one of the greatest is the need for more workers. There are vacant churches in our province and on the mainland. On our mission fields as well, especially in Africa just now, there is a great need for more labourers. At such a time the words of Christ seem pertinent, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few”. More than ever we need to “Pray… therefore the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth labourers into his harvest”.
However while there needs to be a praying, there must also be a presenting, because all of God’s people need to present their lives to the Lord and make themselves available for His work. There needs to be that spirit of Isaiah, that willingness to say, “Here am I, send me”. We must pray that the Lord will send others, but we must also be willing to go ourselves. Are you willing to go? Will you say, “Here am I, send me?”
One of the clearest challenges to give our lives to the Lord is found in Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Having dealt with the great doctrines of redemption, the apostle now applies those doctrines and reminds his readers of their duty to God based on the truth of all that He has done.
This verse essentially is a Command. More than just a challenge, Paul here commands the people of God to present their bodies to the Lord, to offer their lives to the Lord. It is a command with authority because it is based on all that God in His mercy has done for His people. Consider the great work of redemption wrought on Calvary. Surely as you consider God’s mercy in redemption, you will say with Isaac Watts, ‘Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all’.
This is also a command with acceptability – the surrender of our lives to God is acceptable to God. It pleases Him because when we surrender our lives, we glorify Him. It is also acceptable because it is the very least that we should do. When the Lord commands His people to present their bodies, their all to Him, He is not imposing an onerous burden upon them, rather it is their reasonable service. The word ‘reasonable’ means logical. It is entirely compatible with our Christian service that we should surrender our lives to the Lord. We should not hold back from giving ourselves, wholly, entirely to the Lord because it is the very least that we ought to do.
There is also a Conformity spoken of, albeit in a negative manner. The child of God is instructed in verse 2, “be not conformed to this world but be transformed…” It is not possible for a child of God to present his life wholly to the Lord and yet also be conformed to this world and its attractions. You can’t run after God and also run after the world, you must forsake the things of this world! The little chorus says, ‘The world behind me, the cross before me, no turning back, no turning back.’
As a result of the command and the conformity there is a Consequence. For all those who obey the command to surrender their lives and to conform to the image of Lord, it will result in a living out of the will of God for your life. Romans 12:2 affirms this, “that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” The will of God is never a burden, but always a blessing.
Maybe as you read this you know you are living outside the will of God for your life. You don’t want to submit to His will. Outside the will of God is not a place in which any believer should be content to live. There is no pleasure or peace outside God’s will. David Livingstone said, “I’d rather be in the heart of Africa in the will of God than on the throne of England out of the will of God”. Are you in the place God wants you to be, or are you rebelling against His will? Has God challenged you about full time service in the past, either to train for the ministry or the missionary work? You have not obeyed that call and now you are living outside the will of God for your life. Perhaps you are busy serving God in your local congregation. That is where you must start and prove yourself, but maybe God is calling you to go further and to serve elsewhere. Don’t try to reason out or work out every detail of the will of God. If He wants you in His service ‘full time’, simply step out in faith. The God who calls you into His work will supply your need as you do His work and His will.
Horatius Bonar said,
‘Go labour on: spend and be spent
Thy joy to do the Father’s will
It is the way the Master went:
Should not the servant tread it still?’
If the Lord has been speaking to your heart, then I encourage you to seek out His will in the Word of God and in prayer. Speak to your minister and take counsel and advice from other Christians. Don’t miss out on the will of God for your life but rather present your body, surrender your life wholly to the Lord. God’s work still needs workers! Are you willing to go wherever He would lead you?
C T Studd gave up a promising career in cricket to go as missionary to China. He said, ‘Only one life, ‘twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.’ He also said, ‘If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.’
Only one life to give
I could never withhold it from God
Only one life to live
I must not miss the ‘Well done!” of God.
Rev. Garth Wilson.