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.

Summer 2000
Ruth or Orpah
IQ Spencer

As children of the Lord, we are permitted by God to come into trying circumstances. In them, we are called upon to make important decisions which greatly affect our spiritual development and eternal destiny.

The Book of Ruth records two bereaved women and their choices. One, Orpah, chose to return to her own people and to her own way of life. But Ruth chose differently and pleaded with Naomi,

"Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following
after you: for whither you go, I will go; and where
you lodge, I will lodge: your people shall be my people,
and your God my God." Ruth 1:16.

Though completely unknown to Ruth, only as she left behind those things that were dear to her could she become the bride of Boaz, her kinsman-redeemer. Because of this choice, she also become a part of the family line that led to the birth of the Messiah. So also, only as we make our choice to conform to the Lord's choice for us, can we, in the highest sense, please the heart of our heavenly Bridegroom.

In the year of Jubilee, those who were in bondage were set free to live their own independent lives. But if a servant was pleased with his master and was loath to leave, he stood at the post of the door and held the lobe of his ear against it, to have it pierced by his master. This made him a bond, or love slave for the rest of his life. Jesus became a bond slave of His Father. Psalm 40:6 reads,

"My ears have You opened." (or digged).

We have two types of Christians ever with us. The one type,”Orpah,” chooses their own independent way. The other, “Ruth,” chooses the sovereign purposes of the Lord Jesus for their lives through a total abandonment to the Holy Spirit and unconditional commitment to the will of God.

There is no place for a spirit of independence within the Kingdom of God. Once we have submitted ourselves to the Lord as a “love slave,” the Lord begins to bring us to a realization of our independent attitudes through our failures and mistakes. Recognizing this, we may seek a "fig leaf” covering in order to hide our failure and continue in our independence. But now the Lord is our “Master” and will deal with us accordingly, because we have given Him the right to do this.

The independent man will often ask the Lord's blessing on his ways and efforts, but he will seldom step out of the way, so the Divine Leader can take over the reins. On the other hand, the love slave, having undergone an inner crucifixion of his self life, is delivered from his own independent desires and ways, and will most gladly submit himself to the True and Living Head.

Our trials will reveal which of these two types, Orpha or Ruth, are a picture of us. Each one of us should prayerfully ask the Lord to bring us out of our own independent ways, and into the life and purpose that He intends for us.


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