Michael Jeshurun

Almost every visitor to the Sistine chapel is awed by Michelangelo’s masterpiece which adorns the ceiling but hardly anyone even notices the floor which they’re standing on. Truth is there would be no ceiling without the floor. And those who laid the tiles for the floor were as much needed as the one who adorned the ceiling with his artwork. Even so in the work of the Lord’s ministry people notice and applaud the preacher or the street evangelist who is thundering out the Gospel; but hardly does anyone even think about the preacher’s wife who is at home nursing the baby and keeping the fires burning!

But even so hath the Lord ordained that those who are in the ‘forefront’ preaching the gospel and those just working in an office witnessing Christ by their godly example should receive the same reward as those who ‘keep the fires burning’ back home and the elderly who are praying for His Kingdom to come!

Now that is scriptural! “But as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: THEY SHALL PART ALIKE. And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.” [1Sam 30:24,25]

In a real war or battle THIS is quite obvious. For an army ‘moves on its stomach’ so to say. And the folks back home who supply their food and medicines are as much needed for the victory as the ones who are actually wielding the sword on the battlefront!

But even in a spiritual battle this is very true. Every true missionary and evangelist has to be backed up by not only his material needs like food and clothing but BY PRAYER! How many times do we read the great Apostle requesting –

“PRAYING ALWAYS WITH ALL PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION IN THE SPIRIT, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; AND FOR ME, THAT UTTERANCE MAY BE GIVEN UNTO ME, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” [Eph 6:18-20]

And if the apostle needed ‘prayer’ in order to have the ‘utterance’ and the ‘boldness’ then so does every other preacher of God’s Word!

So don’t ever belittle the calling for which God has called you! The scripture makes it plain that not everyone is called with the same calling. Not everyone is called to be a ‘Pastor’ or an ‘Evangelist’ or a Teacher. God calls many who live and die in obscurity as far as recognition goes! Many shall come forward on that great Day who were literally unknown but without whom the other ‘great men and women of God’ could never have accomplished what they did.

Martha may be cumbered with much serving, but without her you would go hungry and faint by the way. Everyone has heard of Martin Luther and his master piece “De Servo Arbitrio” or the “Bondage of the will” but few know the fact that but for Luther’s wife Katharina Luther there would be no “Bondage of the will” for it was under her constant persistence and compulsion that Martin finally sat down to put pen to paper!

“But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him. And if they were all one member, where were the body?  But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, ARE NECESSARY!” [1 Cor 12:18-22]

I am 51 years old! And beloved, I can look back and see that the Lord has indeed brought me A LONG WAY from what I once was! As one divine put it – “I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am” [John Newton]

Things which once meant THE WORLD to me seem SO TRIVIAL now! And the funny thing is, I spent a greater part of my life wondering what I would be someday, when every day of every year I was being exactly what the great God had designed me to be. I know there is much written about ‘finding the will of God for one’s life’ and doing it. But methinks that for the most part that we children of God are being swept along by the current of God’s will just as a helpless driftwood in the rapids!

Please do not read me wrong here. Yes THERE IS a place to seek God’s will and go about doing that . . . and yet for all that for the most part HE IS LEADING US IN THE PATH WHICH HE HAS CHALKED OUT FOR US before Time began. As that good ol’ hymn says –

“HE leadeth me: O blessed thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be,

And thank God for that, Beloved! Because for the most part WE know not what to do or even how to do it! As Brother Philpot said long ago – “The Christian thus learns that if he stands, God must hold him up; if he knows anything aright, God must teach him; if he walks in the way to heaven, God must first put, and afterwards keep him in it; if he has anything, God must give it to him; and that if he does anything, God must work it in him.”

And THIS I have found to be the truth! As the prophet says,LORD, THOU wilt ordain peace for us: for THOU also hast wrought ALL OUR WORKS IN US!”[Isaiah 26:12] And again, “it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure!” [Phil 2:13]

Praise be the Lord!


  1. I’ve been inside the Sistine 4 times and could spend hours looking at the depiction of Biblical events. But after the first time it’s become more interesting to watch other people gawk in awe.

    However, I much more appreciate the drawings made with love by my young grandchildren that we hang on the walls and refrigerator of our home.

    I suspect many of us will be ashamed when we get to Heaven and see the artwork of simple saints, drawn, colored, and painted with love, God has hung on His walls and refrigerator. Most of our grandest paintings have been made for our sake rather than for His enjoyment.

    Your older brother …

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