Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Fall 1992

The Giving of Our Life
Nancy Warner

"I love them that love me; and those that seek me
early shall find me ... that I may cause those
that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill
their treasures" Proverbs 8:17,21.

This "love" is not the "agape" love wherein "God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son." Agape love is a one-way love that flows out and is dependent only on the giver. Rather, this love speaks of "phileo" love and relates to that part of God which responds to our love towards Him, even as we desire love and respond to one another.

There is a "giving" of our lives that releases the blessing of the Lord in our behalf. At the very heart of this "giving" is a willingness to give up our own comfort and gain and lay down our lives to become givers and worshipers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

A beautiful depiction of this principle is set before us in the relationship that developed between Naomi and Ruth. Naomi and her family came to Moab because of a famine. While there, Naomi heard how God had visited and given bread to His people. Now, Naomi is on her way back to again dwell with God's people. Even during a time of famine, it is better to stay where He has placed us. The Lord is ever faithful.

The Word tells us that it is folly to start a building without first counting the cost, lest we lay the foundation, but are unable to finish (Luke 14:28). Naomi's husband and sons were gone. She carefully rehearsed to Ruth and Orpha the cost of their returning to Israel with her. She said, "I am too old to marry, and even if I did and had sons, would you wait for them to grow up?" In that day, the name of the family was perpetuated in this way.

Naomi shared with them the futility of their returning with her. "The Lord has done this, go back to your people and to your gods." Orpha kissed her mother and went back, but Ruth clave to her. Fully understanding that there was no hope of any personal gain, Ruth made a commitment.

"Intreat me not to leave thee or return from following
after thee, for wither thou goest I will go, where thou
lodgest I will lodge, thy people shall be my people, and
thy God my God. Where thou diest I will die and there
will I be buried" Ruth 1:16.

When she saw that Ruth realized the cost of her commitment and was steadfast in purpose, Naomi granted her desire. "So they two went" Ruth 1:19. We find a parallel truth in the Song of Solomon.

"I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me. Come, my
beloved, let US go forth into the field; let US lodge
in the villages" Song of Solomon 7:10-11.

Ruth clave unto Naomi (Ruth 1:14). This word "cleave" means to catch by pursuit, to pursue hard, to follow close, to be joined together. A young child cleaves to its mother. Often, when a baby sitter comes and the mother seeks to leave, the child will run after the mother, saying "I want to go too." This is what Ruth did. She ran after Naomi, she came behind her and caught her by pursuit, and then was joined together with her.

We are to cleave unto God, to run after Him, to hang on and not let go. When we do this, "something" in the heart of God turns toward us. There is a joining together, as we commit ourselves. Now He will lead us into the place of fruitfulness and fulfillment.

"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 7:12.

Ruth willingly worked in the fields to provide for her mother-in-law. She came to a part of the field that belonged to Boaz. Here is an evident outworking of the guidance of the Lord which places us in the right place at the right time. Ruth "just happened" to go to that field, and later found that it belonged to a kinsman. When he inquired who she was, her reputation made her known.

Boaz encouraged Ruth to glean in his field, then told the gleaners to leave a little extra; also, he gave her food and drink. Now, Naomi's basic livelihood has been provided, but there is nothing for Ruth. She is barren, and who is going to glean for her when she is old? She has no expectation for herself, as she is in a strange land among strangers. She is giving the best years of her life to take care of Naomi. Because there is nothing apparent in all this for Ruth, Boaz told her, "The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust" Ruth2:12.

The Lord may require us to make a specific consecration or commitment when there appears to be no benefit or reason for doing so, other than our obedience to His nudging. In these instances, if the Lord is not the rewarder, then there is no reward. Boaz said the only thing he could say to her, "The Lord recompense thy work."

Ruth had given her life, not really caring that she would be barren, or that she would have to work hard to feed her mother-in-law. She had done nothing for herself. As she came to know Naomi's God and began to put her trust in Him, it entered Naomi's heart to provide for Ruth. "I am my beloved's," Why? Because I have given myself to Him. Now, "His desire is toward me." (Song of Solomon 7:10).

Naomi told Ruth exactly what to do, and Ruth simply obeyed. As a result, Boaz redeemed Ruth; Ruth had a son, Obed, who was David's grandfather. There was a divine arrangement through which the purpose of God was fulfilled beyond anything that Naomi or Ruth could have imagined.

Naomi, in her barrenness, found that although she passed through difficulties, the Lord had not left her without a Kinsman. The Lord made an arrangement and a redemption took place. Naomi, by seeking rest for Ruth, was herself blessed. Ruth, desiring to serve her mother-in-law, was also blessed. The Lord provided for each of them.

At one time or another, each of us faces opportunities to unconditionally give of our lives. As we make these commitments to the Lord, worship will rise out of the depths of our being and we will begin to sing a song we could never have sung before. This flows out from the commitment we made. Our life is becoming a worship. Now the blessing of the Lord descends and His approbation, or favor, manifestly begins to rest upon us.

It was not necessary for Ruth to seek rest for herself, Naomi sought it forher. We can never out-give the Lord. As we freely give ourselves, there is "something" within the heart of the Lord that will respond and turn towards us.

"I love them that love me, and those that seek me
early shall find me ... that I may cause those that
love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their