THE MANY AND THE FEW
Suggested Reading: 1 Samuel 14
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Key Verse: 1 Samuel 14:6b
For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
…It is now 5:20 a.m. and I’m invigorated to face a new day which, God willing, will include the mid-week prayer meeting at our church. Pray this with me…
Lord Jesus, as I type these words and pause often to worship You, I’m conscious that I’m partaking of the sweetness of Your provision for me. Like Jonathan, my countenance has brightened. I pray that this energy level will continue in order that I may “fight the good fight of faith,” as I’ve read earlier this morning. In Jesus’ conquering Name I pray, Amen!
(I suggest 1 Timothy 6:11-16 as a New Testament reading for today).
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
In selecting the key verse for today, I thought of God’s provision over the years for the financial well-being of the Crossroads ministry. Sometimes God has used the many and sometimes the few. Without the participation of thousands of precious partners, this ministry, that has brought many to a saving knowledge of Jesus, would have shut down years ago. But the Lord has also used the few. Our former bank manager at the TD bank in downtown Toronto (gone to be with the Lord in Heaven now) knew the day that our lighting package for the new TV production studios arrived. I needed cash in order to have the shipment released. A line of credit had not been authorized. One of the “few,” whose name I do not know, sent through $50,000 directly to the bank, telling the manager that he could arrange a charitable giving receipt, but that I was not to know who it was that gave this money. The only information I was given was that it was someone from Ottawa who did not know of the need to pay for the shipment that very day but felt led of God to transfer the money. There are few who could give such a gift. Perhaps you are one of those God has blessed. We should perhaps read on in 1Timothy 6:17-19. One thing I’ve learned is that God uses BOTH the MANY and the FEW to support His work. When we sold the farm in which Norma-Jean, my wife, was born, we got to be one of “the few” one time, but every month we are one of “the many” that keep the ministry winning spiritual battles every day. That monthly offering, and the offerings of many more, are absolutely essential to the great cause to which God has called Crossroads. More of “the few” would also be a big help right now. God is leading the Ministry in new initiatives for the Gospel that need us all to take up the challenge of giving sacrificially. The funds are not sitting there in the bank to meet these new commitments. Crossroads continues to be a faith ministry. Click here to see a video clip of Crossroads’ CEO, Don Simmonds, sharing the vision for God’s work as we entered 2013.
Yours to encourage us all to be “the many,” and some of us to be “the few,”