What should we worry about?
Today people are busy with life
and full of worries. In the long journey of life, we are bound to worry for
some things. However, many people worry for the things which are not worth
worrying and are slow to respond to the things that should demand their
attention. As believers of the TrueChurch, what should we be
When David and his men returned to
the city Ziklag, it was found burnt by the Arnalekites. The women and all who
were in it, both small and great, were taken captives. All the people fumed at
David and wept. David was full of worries and in great distress (1 Sam 30:1-6).
When Abram heard that his kinsman
had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, from in his house, three
hundred and eighteen of them, and went in pursuit of them as far as Dan. He
divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and routed the
enemy. Then he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his goods, and the women and the people (Gen
The two incidents above tell us
the worries of David and Abram, and how they went all out to rescue the
When we turn to our church and
look at our brethren and relatives who have fallen captives to the devil, do we
feel anxious and determined to save them? What did the Lord Jesus tell us? He
gave an illustration, “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost
one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the
one which is lost, until he finds it? I tell you, there will he more joy in
heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who
need no repentance” (Luke 15:3-7). Paul was chosen to become the Apostle to the
Gentiles. The will of the Lord is to send him to save those who are under the
power of Satan, to bring them to the light and the True God. As the Scriptures say,
“My brethren, if any one among you wanders from the truth and some one bring
him hack, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his
way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (Jas 5:19-20).
We should constantly watch over
our brethren to see if they are being taken captives by Satan. We must resist
the devil by our firm faith and at the same time help those who are weak. Paul
said, “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all
things to all men, that I might by all means save some (1 Cor
Those who stumble and fall
On one occasion while I watched a
women’s 100 meter race, one runner took the lead right outright, and it was
quite certain that she would get the gold medal. However, halfway through the
race she suffered from leg cramps and fell to the ground. I felt anxious for
her. In the end, she lost the gold medal and was taken away by ambulance. When
someone stumbles and falls in a race, our spontaneous response is to worry for
him. This spontaneous response should also surface when our brethren stumble
and fall. Paul said, “Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and
I am not indignant?” (2 Cor 11:29).
The brethren in the Lord may
stumble for various reasons:
Those who stumble because of riches (Prov 11:28).
Demas, who was a co-worker of Paul, deserted Paul because of his love for the
world (2 Tim 4:l0). Lot moved toward Sodom
because he love the world.
Those who walk in the night stumble because
there is no light to guide them (John 11:10).
Many believers continue to indulge in the things of this world and fall to the
snares of Satan. They do not see or sense these snares because they walk in
darkness. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not
walk in darkness” (John 8:1 2). Following the Lord guarantees a lighted path.
We can hence evade stumbling, for dangers and snares are exposed.
Those who stumble because they cannot endure
tribulation or persecution (Mark 4:17).
There was a brother who had been very active in church work until a sister
unintentionally passed some discouraging remarks about him. Later he resigned
from his duties and refused to participate in any church work. Later he stopped
attending church service and drifted further and further away. I was filled
with distress for him and exhorted and encouraged him to come back. He did come hack to church for a period but the sense of injury was
never completely healed.
To the brethren who stumble and fall, we need to constantly encourage them with
the word of God, so that their feeble knees are made firm (Job 4:4). We must
also constantly pray for them (Jas 5:13). Through our fervent prayers, the Lord
will uphold them.
The Psalmist said, “My zeal
consumes me, because my foes forget thy words (Ps 119:139). When David was
chosen, he was persecuted by Saul. Saul was the first Israelite king. In the
beginning, he was obedient to God and he did according to what God had
instructed him. But later Saul disobeyed God in many matters and when the devil
entered him, Saul tried to kill David, At that instant, Saul had completely
forgotten the word of God. He did not know how to rely on God and obey Him. In
the end he was rejected by God. But David was filled with distress for him,
like a burning flame. Although David was tied up by the ropes of a wicked man,
he did not forget the law of God and constantly reminded his son Solomon,
saying, “Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve him with a
whole heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and
understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but
if you forsake him, he will cast you off for ever” (1 Chr
The word of God is the lamp of our
feet and the light of our path. Without the light, we will be walking in
darkness. Walking in darkness makes us fall easily and we become easy victims. The
Psalmist says, “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither! Let my
tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not
above my highest joy!” (Psalm 137:5-6). And he further asserts, “I will never
forget thy precepts: for by them thou hast given me life” (Psalm 119:93).
David was constantly concerned for
the matters of God. He was anxious for the temple of God.
He said, “For zeal for thy house has consumed me, and the insults of those who
insult thee have fallen on me” (Ps 69:9). In fact, his heart was set to build
the temple of God. But God did not permit him to do so because David was a
warrior who had shed the blood of many (1 Chr
28:2-3).Though unable to fulfill his dreams, he was constantly thinking about
the matter and reminded his son Solomon to take heed and be strong and
determined to build the temple (1 Chr 28:10).
Furthermore, David gave Solomon the plans for all the temple buildings, for the
storerooms and all the other rooms, and for the Most Holy Place, where sins are
forgiven. He also gave him the plans for all he had in mind for the courtyards
and the rooms around them, and for the storerooms for the temple equipment and
the gifts dedicated to the Lord (1 Chr 28:11-12). In
addition, he also had all the building materials ready and offered the wealth
which he had accumulated to the building of the temple. Because of what he did,
the people were moved and they followed him in quest to build God’s temple (1
Today we must emulate the
determination of David. We must take positive steps to build churches where
there are none. We must not just be concerned with ourselves. The Bible
reminded us through the word of the Lord which came to Haggai, “Is it a time
for you yourselves to dwell in your panelled houses, while the temple lies in
ruins? Now therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider how you have fared.
You have sown much, and harvested little: You eat, but you never have enough;
you drink, but you never have your fill; you clothe yourselves, but no one is
warm; and he who earns wages earns wages to put them into a bag with holes …
Because of my house that lies in ruins, while you busy yourselves each with his
own house. Therefore the heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the earth
has withheld its produce” (Hag 1:4-10).
Let us he moved by the Holy Spirit
and revive the work of building Gods temple. There is a need to build more
churches to house the congregation. But more importantly, we must build first
the temple in our hearts. The Scriptures say, “Do you not know that you are
God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If any one destroys God’s
temple, God will destroy him, For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you
are” (1 Cor 3:16-17). We must constantly think about
our own temple. We must be concerned for any blemish found and remove it
immediately so that the Holy Spirit may continue to dwell in it. In one
occasion, Jesus went to Jerusalem.
In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and
the money-changers at their business. And making a whip of cords, he drove them
all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of
the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons,
“Take these things away; you shall not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”
His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for thy house will consume
me” (Jn 2:13-17). If our brethren are backsliding, we
must quickly bring them back to the fold. We must look after the temple of God, whether it is the physical temple
or the spiritual temple of our hearts, so that we will glorify God and edify
In conclusion, those who are in
charge of the church today-- the elders, deacons, preachers and brethren who
are strong in faith--should not just be concerned about their own faith and be
satisfied that they are saved. They should keep a watchful eye on the weaker
brethren and be concerned for those who are taken captives, who stumble and
fall or who have forgotten God’s word. They should he concerned also for the temple of God. They should go forth to save, help,
exhort, encourage and finish the good work of God through the strength given to