Come Lord that we may
Wade E Taylor
"Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh,
that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of
Israel out of Egypt" Exodus 3:10.
The Lord prefaces our "being sent" with the directive
word that first, we are to "come to Him." This confirms
a spiritual principle: All authentic and anointed ministry
must be founded upon, and function out from an established
and on-going relationship with the Lord.
"And he goeth up into a mountain, and called unto Him
whom he would; and they came unto him. And he ordained
twelve that they should be with him, and that he might
send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal
sicknesses, and to cast out devils" Mark 3:13-15.
Here, to be "called and ordained" is to be set
apart to the Lord Himself. If we are faithful in our part,
which is "being with Him;" then He will be faithful
in His part, which is "sending us forth to preach, and
to have power." Ministry that is born out of this principle
will have lasting results.
When Jesus took Peter, James, and John up into the Mount
of Transfiguration with Him and was manifested before them
in Glory, His Father spoke and confirmed the relationship
He had with His Son. "This is my beloved Son, INWHOM
I AM WELL PLEASED; hear ye Him" Matt 17:5. Jesus has
first pleased His Father; now He is ready to come down from
the mountain and fulfill His ministry upon the cross.
Another substantiation of this principle is expressed in
the life of Joseph. In this illustration, the expressions
are between father and son. In this human relationship is
seen the devotion and obedience of the son to his father.
"And Israel said unto Joseph, "Do not thy brethren
the flock in Schechem? COME, and I will send thee unto
them. And he said to him, Here am I" Gen 37:13.
This principle is again expressed by the Lord as He walked
by the sea of Galilee, and called Simon and Andrew. He said
to them, "COME ye after me, and I will MAKE YOU TO BECOME
fishers of men" Mark 1:17. Our ministry is to be the
result of time spent in intimate fellowship with the Lord.
Then, as the Lord works the qualifying Grace, Love, Anointing,
and Power into our lives, He will faithfully send us forth
into a place of ministry.
The clarity of this principle cannot be over-emphasized among
the Lord's people. Many become so busy doing for the Lord,
that they do not have enough time to develop a quality relationship
with Him. As a result, these loose the satisfaction and the
reward of ministering with the Lord.
This is beautifully pictured in the Song of Solomon, where
the Lord expresses His desire to go forth into the places
of ministry with His beloved, while enjoying an intimate relationship
"Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field;
let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to
the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether
the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth:
there will I give thee my loves"
Song of Solomon 7:10-12.
Before the fall, the Lord walked with Adam in "the cool
of the evening." When Adam fell, he broke that relationship
and hid from the presence of the Lord. The very first thing
that the Lord did was to look for Adam. He called out to Adam
and said, "Where are you?" The Lord certainly knew
"where" Adam was, but intensely desired the place
of fellowship that He once had with him.
We should not be found in the position where the Lord has
to "look for us" in our busy schedule. It is extremely
important that we set apart time to be in His presence and
then respond to His desire for our fellowship. Let this principle,
"Come" change our daily pattern of activity. As
we become quiet enough to listen, He will be heard saying
to us, "Where are you?".
He is yet saying "come" that He might have a ministry
whom He can "send".
"If we build the Lord a house of devotion,
He will build us a house of ministry."
Are you ready to accept, and act upon this principle?