Romans 2:7 – To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
Mark 6:3 – Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
Vance Haver said in “Lord of What’s Left” chapter 35 “Revivals bring great blessing but a host of new recruits that never go to battle is no real gain for the Church.”
I was reading “Lord of What’s Left” by Vance Havner. A couple of chapters talked of our Lord’s life as a carpenter for nearly 30 years. He lived a pretty normal life. He worked just like we worked. He kind of just stayed with it. He only had 33 1/2 years on this earth and 30 of these he worked for his earthly father down in a nondescript little town called Nazareth. He should have been going around the world spreading the gospel. Why was He wasting such precious little time working a boring job? He could have had crowds and evagelized the world.
He wanted to show us this Christian life could be lived out by anyone. The Christian life is best lived by going through the basics, day in and day out. It is great to have a good revival meeting just like we did with Pastor Travis Alltop but that is not life. You need revival, yes, but more importantly you need to go on and keep walking this Christian life. You need to live out life.
Romans talks about a patient continuance. We can easily get upset or weary in well doing. We can let circumstances get to us and ruin our spirit. We could just say, what is the use, no one is getting saved any more. No one wants the gospel. The valley gets old and tiring and we just want to quit. But back in Nazerath our Lord just got up each morning, got his saw, plane, hammer and nails out and went to work on a new chair or framed a new house. He just did what needed to be done. However, while doing this He grew in stature or strength in the Lord. He just patiently continued to grow and be a blessing to folk.
You need to go from the step of faith to the walk with God. Sometimes people never get past the thrill of being saved and get to the walk with God. Some try to get saved over and over because they are afraid of the walk. We need to get off the porch and into this life and live it. We need to just stay at it and make sure we are not wayside Christians. Just stay at it today like our Lord did with one more day in the carpenter’s shop.