TITLE: Right order
By David McArdle
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“ … Finished … dedicated … “ [2 Chron. 5.1 NASB]
One of the identifying marks of a new convert, apart from his love for God, is his unrestricted, unflagging and unmeasured zeal for the work of the Lord. He will normally work, day and night, for the Kingdom, without complaining.
However, as most of us know, through much experience, it is all too easy, for a very good number of unfruitful and unprofitable tasks to be done, at that time, under the umbrella of God’s work.
However, if we want to combat and correct this, which is in some churches, an unchangeable situation, there is, for our spiritual benefit, a scriptural principle in this verse, which, if adhered to, would begin to put an end to spiritual waste, produce a lot of permanently good works, and at the same time, render ineffective, attacks of depression, weariness and discouragement.
These three spiritual symptoms are all too common in the life of the young believer. For all, not just some, of these to be completely eradicated and for an effective ministry to be established, we need to have already set in place a spiritual and practical overseer, who will also be a mentor for the new convert.
It will be his delightful and delegated task, to work in close conjunction with the rest of the leadership, find out just what needs to be done and gently suggest and direct the young Christian, to the place and the work, where his invaluable contribution will be deeply appreciated by God and man.
One of the well-proven cures for depression is to satisfactorily start and finish a task, no matter how small, and then to dedicate it to the Lord.
If at the end of the day, the overseer, along with some of the other leaders, were to gather around the believer, listen to and pray for him. His freshness, strength and faith would be renewed day-by-day.
Then, he would be, as he should be, at all times, a spiritually sharp instrument in the hand of the Lord. [David McArdle]
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