STANDARD BEARERS

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  I am “enjoying” my morning’s devotion and came across this quotation: “The old standard bearers knew what it was to wrestle with God in prayer, and to enjoy the outpouring of His Spirit. But these are passing off from the stage of action; and who are coming up to fill their places? How is it with the rising generation? Are they converted to God? Are we awake to the work that is going on in the heavenly sanctuary, or are we waiting for some compelling power to come upon the church before we shall arouse? Are we hoping to see the whole church revived? That time will never come.”

When this was written, there was a lessening of “standard bearers” then, how about now?  I can remember attending church with my grandparents and were impressed by them and others.  Their faithfulness, their prayerfulness, their witness.  But, like many others they are gone now.  I was thinking the other day, how many now come to me with questions regarding doctrine or they just want to know something.  They see me as a “beacon” of truth.  This is a privilege, an honor.  It’s indicative, to me, I’m now in the role of where my word, my experience, my relationship with God has meaning for someone else, who, if time permits, will be fulfilling their role for those behind them.

Yet, when I see myself and compare myself with those before me, I shudder.  Probably the same shudder my grandparents had when they compared themselves to those before them, hence, what the quotation above is referring to.  Today, I can read that quotation but do something about it.  It doesn’t have to be where I’m, or you, are any less than those of whom we admire and have read about.  What was given to the Apostles has been given to us, so, let’s rise up and be all that we can be so others might know.

 

July 28, 2014

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