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We Have Been Sent

“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” John 20:21.

We have been sent to do an urgent spiritual work. The one purpose of our calling and existence is the promulgation of the everlasting gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue and people.

We have been sent by the Lord of the Harvest, and have not sent ourselves. Therefore, we cannot choose what field, timeframes, or other circumstances of labor we would enjoy, but have said with the Son of God, “Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.”

We have been sent into a life of conflict. Our goal is not to lead comfortable, regulated, and “normal” family lives, but to introduce our children early on to the sacrificial living that accompanies the struggle of delivering men’s souls from the forces of sin and false religion.

We have been sent to labor in a pleasure-crazed world and must strive not to be affected by its sly poison of selfish living. We are faced with unprecedented perilous times, with the tendency of being swallowed up by the pursuit of pleasure more keen than ever before. Beware, O soul!

We have been sent, not to be “hay fire” workers whose blazing zeal is short-lived and useless, but to be indefatigable workmen who can ride the ebb and flow of feelings, and yet maintain a burning love for God and a deep-seated vision of His work.

We have been sent in a time when we must pray for wisdom that is beyond our age and experience, so that we may now be able to effectively restore souls in the spirit of meekness.

The present crisis of white fields going lost for ripeness calls for an immediate sending forth of laborers. There is not enough time to wait for years to ripen the reapers.

We have been sent as those who strive not for human recognition or respect, but as those whose only reward is men’s souls and promised rest in heaven.

We have been sent as those who joyfully allow fellow-workers to enter into our labors and rejoice with rejoicing reapers as they reap the harvest of our own ploughing, sowing, and watering.

We have been sent to become all things to all men and dare not be so “North American” or “European” that we cannot win those whose culture is different from ours.

We have been sent as those who are not so sensitive and thin-skinned that our work is constantly stalled by little mistakes and common misunderstandings, but as those who recognize the crucial role we play in the very end of the world and would sooner perish than not be found in our place of service, knowing that we have come to the kingdom for just such a time as this. As for lost time, we have not sufficient time with which to redeem it, and therefore cannot afford the cost of ineffectual labor due to lack of vision and fervency, or a falling short in watching and praying.

“And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves.” Matt. 10:7–8,16.

Thomas Tovstiga

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