A FEW GOOD MEN Andy Hollifield 2-7-18
Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great , but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
On March 20th, 1779 in Boston, Captain William Jones of the Marines, put out an enlistment add for the United States Marine Corps. for naval duty. It was an appropriate slogan because the claim was that it only took “a few good men” to get the job done. The marines took only four years to earn this reputation because they were only founded on November 10th, 1775. They have a well-earned reputation for being the first in a fight and are trained to fight on land, air, and sea. The marines are the smallest military service within the department of defence and it is most likely in part due to the fact that they are said to have the most rigorous boot camp of any branch of the armed forces.
You may be wondering why I am giving so much detail about the marines but it is simply because of their work ethic. They are known for going anywhere at any time and doing whatever is necessary to accomplish their mission and are always standing ready to receive their orders from headquarters and their commanding officers. That sounds like what a Christian should be doesn’t it? As a matter of fact, I would have to say I believe that Isaiah had that same kind of tenacity. Isaiah was not a draftee but a volunteer. He didn’t even have to know details of his mission, he just accepted it. Did you notice in verses 6-7 that an angel took a coal out of the fire and touched Isaiah’s lips with it? The angel also declared that Isaiah’s sin had been purged and his iniquity taken away. At the risk of sounding mean, I am going to tell to tell you; a lot of times when you don’t get what you want out of God, it may be because he never gets anything out of you.
All of that aside, according to the bible, we should all be willing to step up and do all we can to help get the lost to Jesus. That is what the mission is. The mission is not intended to be about counting nickels and noses and building big churches and driving fine cars. It is about telling the lowest of the low about Jesus and his love for them. I have seen over my last 20 years of mission work that there is a shortage of Christians, and especially preachers, that are willing to get their hands dirty. We have got to the point that it seems like we would rather fight each other than the devil. I am just calling it like I see it. We are living in a world of such advanced technology, that we have the capability of spreading the gospel to the entire world on a second’s notice. But yet we see church membership in little God-fearing churches dwindling down to nothing. Through the means of media, we can take our services outside of the church and preach to more than we ever thought possible, yet we see less and less folks getting saved. The problem isn’t communication but desire. Our desire and burden isn’t as great as what it was when we had to make do with a lot less. Preaching has become a lucrative occupation and is attracting folks that are looking for a way to make some fast money and have a stable position till they are able to retire and many have never been called by God.
In spite of all of that, we still have a responsibility to God to do what he has given us to do. All God needs is a few good men and women with a true burden to work in the fields. Jesus gave a parable in Luke 14:23 that serves as a command concerning the lost. “And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” The message hasn’t changed and the method hasn’t changed. The only thing that has changed is our willingness to work and we no longer have the burden for the lost that our fathers and grandfathers and moms and grandmas did before us. The message is still Jesus died for “whosoever will.” The method is still that it takes the blood of Jesus being applied to a repentant soul with a broken and contrite heart. Over two thousand years and it is still exactly the same. The message is still the same. The method is still the same. The fields are still white and ready to harvest and the Lord still needs a few good men. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!