Missionary Or Missing Christians At Our Lord's Return
By Ray Brubaker
An article in a French Communist newspaper (Paix and
Liberte') finds the writer declaring: "The Gospel is a much
more powerful weapon for the renewal of society than is our
Marxist philosophy. All the same, it is we who will finally beat
you. We are only a handful, and you Christians are numbered by
the millions. But if you remember the story of Gideon and his
three hundred companions, you will understand why I am right.
We communists do not play with words. We are realists and
seeing that we are determined to achieve our object, we know
how to obtain the means. Of our salaries and wages we keep
only what is strictly necessary; and we give the rest for propaganda purposes. To this propaganda we also consecrate all Our
free time and part of our holidays. You, however, give only a
little time and hardly any money for the spreading of the Gospel
This communist writer concludes this article by asking:
"How can anyone believe in the supreme value of this Gospel if
you do not practice it, if you do not spread it, and if you sacrifice neither time nor money for it?"
As David Livingstone once said: "I will place no value on
anything I have, or may possess, except in relation to the Kingdom .... If anything will advance the interests of that Kingdom,
it shall be given away, or kept, only as by giving or keeping of it
I shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my
hopes for time and eternity."
Beloved, if we truly loved Jesus, would we concentrate on
ourselves, building nicer homes and lovelier church dwellings,
or would we not seek to use every available means and method
to send the Gospel to the ends of the earth, sharing our earthly
possessions as well? For that is old-time Bible salvation.
You will remember how that when John the Baptist urged the
people to repent, they demanded of him, "What shall we do?"
Hear this fiery Baptist preacher as he urges sacrifice -
even the surrender of one's goods, saying: "He that hath two
coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath
meat, let him do likewise."
Who would ever link denying ourselves of a needed garment
or of necessary food to that of repentance?
Oh, that we in our day who have become so soft, so smug, so
self-satisfied would repent and discover the life of sacrifice,
surrender, self-denial, and service!
Jesus said: "If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself..." This isn't popular preaching, but it is needed
preaching. particularly, in view of our Lord's soon return is
there much in the Scriptures to indicate that according as to how
we invest our money we can be READY or NOT READY for His
That's right. Our Lord relates the parable of a man journeying into a far country, but who entrusts to his servants talents
according to their several abilities.
We think of talents as representing our ability to sing, or
teach a Sunday School class, but here in the parable it represents
MONEY. On the basis of how each servant invests his lord's
money entrusted to him; he is rewarded accordingly.
That servant who hid his lord's money- who buried it in the
earth - who failed to invest it in his lord's work, he is told:
"Thou wicked and slothful servant...thou oughtest to have put my
money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have
received mine own with usury." And, the unprofitable servant
is cast out into outer darkness where there is weeping and
gnashing of teeth. On the other hand, that servant who invested wisely the
money entrusted to his care was commended by his lord, who said: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant .... thou hast been
faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many
Ah, beloved, that speaks to my heart today. We have only one
life, 'twill soon be past; only what's done for Christ will last!
The Apostle James calls attention to those, who in the last
days heap up treasure, saying: ,'Weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you." Stocks and bonds, bank accounts,
social security, insurance will mean nothing in the day when
Antichrist and his ruthless armies reign over the earth.
May God help us to invest in souls while there is still opportunity.
Returning to this matter of stewardship discussed today, we
see where the servant in Matthew 25:18 "digged in the earth, and
hid his lord's money" rather than invest his talents. He was
cast into the outer darkness of tribulation and called an unprofitable servant.
Whereas, the profitable and faithful servants were told:
"Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
So, this matter of stewardship is absolutely important. It is
worthy of the believer's highest consideration. Remember, to be
faithful in giving is to hear his "Well done."
I believe Jesus is coming soon...and He is going to reckon
with His servants.
No less an authority than Dr. A. J. Gordon has said: "I
warn you, it will go hard with you when our Lord comes, if He
finds your wealth hoarded up in needless accumulations instead
of being sacredly devoted to giving the Gospel to the lost."
Continues this saint of God: "He who is not a missionary
Christian will be a missing Christian when the great day comes
of bestowing the rewards of service." Did you hear it?
I wonder, how strong is our love for Christ today? Isn't
there something that stirs our heart and makes us want to show
our love for Christ by sharing with others?
Jesus said concerning those who fed and clothed those of his
brethren who were hungry and naked: "Verily, I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me."
Today, may we heed the call of God.
Let us follow the example of the Corinthians of whom we
read they first gave themselves to Christ, and then gave of their
substance to Him.
The Lord doesn't force us to give against our will but does
remind us: "He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall also reap bountifully. GOD LOVETH A CHEERFUL GIVER." (2 Cor. 8:5&9:6-7)
"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed
down, and shaken together, and running over," said Jesus. So
may we give, and "Indeed, be ye ready also, for in such an hour
as ye think not, the Son of man cometh."