Stay Put!

by Dr. John R. Rice / Staff Devotion /  The Sword of the Lord

AAAA John R Rice PixTherefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your
labour is not in vain in the Lord.”—
I Cor. 15:58.
Paul had just gone through one
of the greatest doctrinal passages
in the New Testament on the resurrection
of Christ. Heaven and
the resurrection are ahead. These
old things are now done away, so
“be…stedfast, unmoveable, always
abounding in the work of the
Lord, forasmuch as ye know that
your labour is not in vain in the
Lord.”
Dr. Lee Roberson came to a
church in Chattanooga whose
history listed this pastor, four years;
this pastor, eight years; this man,
six years, and so on. Their auditorium
seated maybe four hundred.
But Dr. Roberson stayed. After
a few years, they built a temporary
tabernacle. Such crowds came
that they had to make it larger.
After filling the tabernacle, they
finally built a big auditorium.
Then they had to add some on
the side to make some more room,
then add on another side to make
more room. They then built that
big auditorium which seats over
six thousand.
Dr. Roberson stayed on through
the years. I do not know that the
other pastors would have done
what Dr. Roberson did, but he
didn’t have a big work to start
with. He had to build on what he
had. He built on it and built on it.
What the Lord is saying here is
that, in most cases, you had better
stay where God has put you,
stay in whatsoever calling God
has called you.
Are you a Jew? All right, you
were circumcised, but you still
can be a Christian Jew. Are you a
Gentile? All right, but you can still
be a Christian Gentile. The point
is to stay put.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your
labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
People who stay put hold this
world together and make it worthwhile.
Paul went over to Galatia and
preached the Gospel in all those
towns and many got saved. And
somebody came along and said,
“It is all right to trust in Jesus, but
you have to be circumcised and
keep the law of Moses and the
ceremonial Sabbath too.” Some
of them listened and didn’t stay
with Paul or Paul’s teaching.
Somebody starts to work at the
Sword of the Lord. But the grass
on the other side of the road is
greener. He leaves. The move turns
out no better. He wasn’t satisfied
here, nor is he satisfied at the next
place. On he moves again.
A woman wrote, “Brother Rice,
pray that we can have a baby. My
first husband and I had children.”
She went on to say that she got a
divorce. After her former mate
got another wife, he and the new
wife had childen. But, she said,
“Many years ago I had my tubes
tied. We didn’t want more children.
I went back after I remarried
and had my tubes repaired, but I
still can’t conceive. What does
God have against us? I don’t think
He is being fair.”
She didn’t want any more babies
by her first husband; then
she decided she did when she remarried.
After two operations, she
still can’t have babies. She wasn’t
satisfied with the first husband;
now she has another one. She was
not satisfied when she could have
babies; now she is not satisfied
when she can’t. And she wonders
why God doesn’t treat her right!
The truth is that some people
are never satisfied. There is an
unholy discontent, an unholy dissatisfaction
in where God puts
them and what He gives them.
Paul said, “I have learned, in
whatsoever state I am, therewith
to be content” (Phil. 4:11).
“Be content with such things as ye
have: for he hath said, I will never
leave thee, nor forsake thee.
“So that we may boldly say, The
Lord is my helper, and I will not fear
what man shall do unto me.”—Heb.
13:5, 6.
Stay put!

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