A Secret Of Effective Service
A friend directed my attention to a clause in 1 Chronicles 4:23, which helped me to see the distinction between being with the Lord rather than becoming occupied with working for Him. Though perhaps a little out of context, yet the principle is surely true. We are not called to be occupied with work for the King. Our real calling is like these potters who "dwelt with the king for His work." What is most important, really: the King or His work?
Moses seemed to have known this secret and set an example for us. Again and again he went into the mount to dwell with the Lord. Of no other man do we read that he met the Lord face to face (Ex. 33:11).
On one occasion of dwelling with Him forty days, the Lord gave Moses a pattern (Heb. 8:5). When Moses came down from the mount, he built Godís tabernacle in Godís way and according to Godís specifications. There is no waste of time, no waste of materials, energy or personnel in dwelling with God first and then working.
Years ago I heard of an incident which greatly impressed itself upon my memory. The essence of the story was this: A man of God was drawing much attention because of his unusual ministry and effectiveness in a certain community. The local newspaper editor was so impressed that he sent one of his able reporters to interview the minister and learn the secret of his success.
When the reporter arrived, he discovered a room filled with others who were waiting to see the minister. While he waited and waited, he became impatient. It seemed that no one was going in to the busy manís study. The reporter decided to ask the manís wife, and she tried graciously to answer for her husband.
"What is the secret of your husbandís success?" the reporter asked. "He seems to be spending a lot of time in there with someone while all the rest of us are kept waiting."
The wife detected the concern of the reporter and replied, "I know it seems almost rude for him to keep all you folk waiting, and some of the people have such desperate problems needing prompt attention. But you see, here is really the answer to his effectiveness. Since early morning he has seen no one, but has been talking with the ONE who has the answers. When he does come out Ė and it may be some time yet Ė he will have Godís Word and answer for each inquirer. You see, actually no time has been lost."
The reporter left with the discovered secret but with a different kind of story than he had expected.
Living in Christís presence means living in the divine viewpoint. It calls to mind the wise counsel of Samuel Brengle, saint of the Salvation Army: "If I were dying and had the privilege of delivering a last exhortation to all the Christians of the world and that message had to be condensed into three words, I would say, ĎWait on God!í"
He then went on to add: "There is a drawing nigh to God Ė a knocking at heavenís door, a pleading of the promises, a reasoning with Jesus, a forgetting of self, a turning from all earthly concerns, a holding on with determination to never let go Ė that puts all the wealth of heavenís wisdom and power and love at the disposal of a little man, so that when all others tremble and fail and fly, he shouts and triumphs and becomes conqueror in the very face of death or hell."
Samuel Brengle had learned the laws of ultimacy, priority, sequence, order, timing, and placing which are the means of spiritual efficiency and effectiveness. In short, Brengle had learned the secret of making oneís time count, for in waiting on Him, no time is ever lost Ė it is redeemed!