“Any Time” Or “God’s Time”?

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

Shew thyself to the world….My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready. John 7:4,6

Jesus’ unbelieving brethren thought He was not handling His publicity right. Why didn’t He get out of the backwoods in Galilee and go up to Jerusalem, the capital, where He would be noticed and could demonstrate Himself?

How little they understood Jesus! God’s ways are not ours. The church too often has followed the counsel of unbelievers and “shewed itself” to the world. God does not run His business after the pattern of this age.

“Your time is always ready,” Jesus told His brethren. The man of this world is always in season, for this is the season of this world. But when the world passes and the lists thereof, the man who does God’s will abides forever.

He who walks in God’s way has a schedule and must await God’s time for this and that. But the unbeliever “one time is as good as another.” The world knows nothing of seeking the mind of the Lord before doing this or that. But those who acknowledge Him in all their ways find that He directs their paths.

by Vance Havner

Rich Comfort For Lowly Hearts

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

Brethren, as soon as you are converted you become the disciples of Jesus, and if you are to become fast-holding Christians you must acknowledge him to be your Master, Teacher, and Lord in all things, and resolve to be good scholars in his school. He will be the best Christian who has Christ for his Master, and truly follows him. Some are disciples of the church, others are disciples of the minister, and a third sort are disciples of their own thoughts; he is the wise man who sits at Jesus’ feet and learns of him, with the resolve to follow his teaching and imitate his example. He who tries to learn of Jesus himself, taking the very words from the Lord’s own lips, binding himself to believe whatsoever the Lord hath taught and to do whatsoever he hath commanded – he I say, is the stable Christian.

Follow Jesus, my brethren, and not the church, for our Lord has never said to his disciples, “Follow your brethren,” but he has said “Follow me.” He has not said, “Abide by the denominational confession,” but he has said, “Abide in me.” Nothing must come in between our souls and our Lord. What if fidelity to Jesus should sometimes lead us to differ from our brethren? What matters it so long as we do not differ from our Master?…

Be true disciples of Christ, and let his least word be precious to you. Remember that if a man love him he will keep his words; and he hath said, “he that shall break one of the least of these my commandments and shall teach men so, the same shall be least in the kingdom of heaven.” Shun all compromises and abatements of truth, but be thorough and determined, holding fast your Savior’s words. Follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.

by Charles Spurgeon

In These Evil Times

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