All Things Are Yours

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In recent times our attention has been drawn to “right of way” issues in the vicinity of our home. After having a discussion with someone who advised us that it would be “in our own interests to register our right of way legally with a solicitor,” I turned my attention to the lighter subject of “Jeffrey the pheasant.”

Jeffrey has a “right of way” to just about everywhere. He walks all over our little field and through the many fields beyond, which are owned by different people. As far as he’s concerned “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 24v1) and since he is the Lord’s creation, he is free to walk everywhere too. Hopefully, though he won’t venture to the fields of the glen where certain hunters would be only too happy to shoot him…

Of course, this doesn’t mean that I think that I’m entitled to strut around everywhere or have the audacity to think that I own anything. In fact we own nothing in this physical world; rather we are guardians of that which the Lord has given us for as long as we live upon this earth.

Just as Jeffrey the pheasant doesn’t need legalities to walk or to spread his wings and fly where he wishes, in the spiritual realm, the people of God do not need legalities to share the Word or preach the gospel – they only need the Lord’s leading and approval. Many years at Bible College do not always lead to a closeness with the Lord or to more of an ability to preach the Word. Some of the best sermons I have ever heard were preached by humble men who did not wear “a round collar” or who were known as “Reverend.” In fact, I believe that it is inherently wrong for those who minister the gospel to be known as “Reverend,” although even Christians will use the title when referring to someone. The word “Reverend” was never used in the Bible to describe anyone except the Lord… “Holy and Reverend is His Name.” (Psalm 111v9)

Paul was simply known as “Paul,” “Timothy” as “Timothy” etc. Unlike most people nowadays who have had a good education, the disciples, we are told, were “unlearned men” (Acts 4v13) but they loved, knew and followed the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Saviour. Forsaking all, they followed Him fervently.

“I can’t get out to church with this Covid thing,” a disabled person told me, “but I watch this great man on a Sunday morning television service. Thousands go to his church!” So many in this era look to “great men” but I have found that the “greatest men” are the most humble, unassuming people you could ever meet. Theirs is not usually the “thousands and thousands” – theirs is the “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them…” (Matthew 18v20)

The humble are a rare species these days. Formerly I would have found them in many a tin-roofed mission hall on some remote country road or the room of a small community centre – not in a massive ornate cathedral or great mega church. Unseen, often not that well known, they go as the Lord leads but they are free… free to share their testimonies and free to share the gospel with lost souls for whom the Lord has given them a love in their hearts.

“By what authority doest thou these things? Or who is he that gave thee this authority?” the scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus. (Luke 20v2) It is no different nowadays as regards how many people view those that they think should preach or have any ministry to the lost. Nowadays some will think nothing of His followers who have not been “ordained.” Sadly these days even supposedly Evangelical Christian conventions will ask no one to speak there unless they are a “Reverend.”

If I approached Jeffrey and said… “Excuse me. You’ve no right to walk here. You’ve no right of way.” He would just look at me with his head to one side and his beak open, wondering what I was saying in my human voice. The Lord has given him the power to walk and fly for however long his little life lasts – and He has given His people the truth of the precious Word of God and many differing gifts to reach out with it in life’s short day. Certainly, in this era there are opportunities online to reach the entire world with testimonies of how the Lord has saved us by His grace.

We only need the authority, approval and leading of the Lord Jesus Christ to reach souls – to think otherwise is foolishness. There are churches which say that nothing should be done in the way of outreach unless it is with the approval of the minister or “board” but we are all subject to the Lord – and His is final authority in all matters. I hear so much about “great men” these days but at the end of the day they are but mere men, regardless of their education or powers of eloquence and at the end of the day “every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Have we reached out as the Lord has commanded every one of His subjects to do – or have we hidden our lights under a bushel? (Matthew 5v15)

“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, ye shall abide in him.” (1John 2v27)

“Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.” (1Corinthians 3v21-23)

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3 Responses to “All Things Are Yours”

  1. Cathy Says:

    So true what you say Elizabeth.

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