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Intravenous Support

August 20

"Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat."   Matthew 10:10

"Are the 'hothouse' missionaries ... in lack of what it takes to set down roots out in the wild?"


Real living faith in GOD is a bare thing; and before we ever live by it, we must die in it.  Faith is the interment of self; but how many there are, who insist on dying with sight, and being buried upright from the neck down.  But what will I eat, what will I wear?  "... take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? or, what shall we drink? or, wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly FATHER knoweth that ye have need of all these things."  Silence those primal concerns!  Are you sincerely convinced that the MAKER of Heaven and Earth is impotent to care for you?  To even suggest that is either the blasphemous gibberish of a lost man, or the prayerless liturgy of the backslidden.  Are the ravens of Elijah nothing more than mere Sunday School material, or do they yet fly, dispatched of GOD HIMSELF, to wing HIS sustenance to HIS OWN?

These words of JESUS strip us naked, so that the true source of our trust be revealed.  Don't expect these call and send methods of Matthew 10 to be the keynote in your next FPM conference.  GOD and Mammon Missions Inc. (GAMMI) thrives, peddling the spiritual insurance policies of self help, to cover every care in following HIS call.  Beware though, the deductible is high, consuming years of installment in interest, while the principle lies dormant.  The truly great works of GOD however, have always gone best when divested of men.  Would the work of China Inland and J. Hudson Taylor have ever begun under the modern mission paradigm?  Had the breadth of contemporary deputation been 2000 years prior, would Acts look more like an account ledger than the accounts of CHRIST through obedient sons who went?  Would Macedonia still be calling, if Paul's servility depended on the Church support of the first century?  Spiritual subsidization is addictive, and can become as detrimental in the Church as its entitlement counterpart out in the world.  Remember, all IV's come with tubes and cords; but only HE is capable of providing the intravenous life support, which is both remote and cordless.  Would today that a new generation of HIS called become ambulatory amidst a ward of deathbed sinners. 

Doubtless, there were those who loved and gave, to aid the furtherance of the Gospel in those early pioneer years; but where are the tentmakers of today who'll go on GOD with nothing more than their roll of canvas?  But you say today's missionary must first be tried.  Is that not GOD'S work, in GOD'S place of calling, in GOD'S perfect timing?  Are the 'hothouse' missionaries we are producing in lack of what it takes to set down roots out in the wild?  How many Gospel certified servants have returned in shame, having spent twice the years in vesting their call as they did fulfilling it?  Is this not a phenomena strange to Scripture, that the sent stay longer and go less?             

"But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, son, go work to day in my vineyard.  He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.  And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.  Whether of them twain did the will of his father?"

For Love of Country
Congress of the United States of America  (December 15,1791)
(Tenth Amendment to the Constitution)
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

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