Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here?
The Reubenites and Gadites would have been unbrotherly if they had claimed the land which had been conquered, and had left the rest of the people to fight for their portions alone. We have received much by means of the efforts and sufferings of the saints in years gone by, and if we do not make some return to the church of Christ by giving her our best energies, we are unworthy to be enrolled in her ranks.
The Master of the vineyard saith, “Why stand ye here all the day idle?” What is the idler’s excuse? Personal service of Jesus becomes all the more the duty of all because it is cheerfully and abundantly rendered by some. The toils of devoted missionaries and fervent ministers shame us if we sit still in indolence.
Shrinking from trial is the temptation of those who are at ease in Zion: they would love to escape the cross and yet wear the crown; fly private jets but run away from rural evangelism. To them, these questions are very applicable.
- If the most precious are tried in the fire, are we to escape the crucible?
- If the diamond must be vexed upon the wheel, are we to be made perfect without suffering?
- Who hath commanded the wind to cease from blowing because our bark is on the deep?
- Why and wherefore should we be treated better than our Lord?
- The firstborn felt the rod, and why not the younger brethren?
Far wiser is he who rests on the divine will of God and learns to gather lilies at the foot of the cross, and, like Samson, to find honey in the lion.
Our works will all be tried by fire! What is the reason behind your service to the lord? Have your selfish desires derailed you from pleasing God. May your works not stand against you. This is the time to retrace your step and yield one more time to the owner of the church.