“I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
“Flat Tires Galore” – We were not 10 miles from Prosperity, SC (our home base in SC) headed for Ladson, SC (near Charleston) when we had a blowout on one of the rear tires of our motorhome. This was the second blowout in a month. The last one was on the trip back from the “Big E” in Mass. The first blowout was on the left front tire, and boy was that a ride at 65mph trying to get off the road. When the front tire blew it also took off half of the left front fender. Praise the Lord we were on a straight, smooth stretch of road in good weather with no vehicles beside us when the tire blew. When the second tire blew on the rear (PTL it was one of the duels) it was much easier getting off the road. Both tires were sidewall blowouts with no reason for the tire to blow. The man who changed the last tire told us he has changed many of the Michelin tires on motorhomes and this particular tire appears to be defective. AGM missionaries, John and Donna Gingras had a similar blowout just days before. Anyway, $650. later both tires have been replaced without harm or accident. It appears as though I will need to replace the other tires or take the chance of continued problems with the remaining tires. When these things occur it makes you pause to think sometimes – why?
Well, Paul explains why in 2 Cor. 11:23:
(23) Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
(24) Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
(25) Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
(26) In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
(27) In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
(28) Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
(29) Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
(30) If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
Why would we think that it should be any different for us today when we endeavor to bring the gospel to the lost. Warren Wiersbe explains it like this:
These sufferings need little comment; they speak for themselves. Suffice to say that Paul went anywhere, endured anything, that he might take the Gospel to lost souls. Why is it that we do so much less today, when we have tools at our disposal that make the task much easier and faster?
He nailed it with that comment, why would we think it would be any less perilous today than in Paul’s day. We have so much more opportunity today with our ability to travel great distances, communication tools, and much more that affords us much “comfort” in our efforts to spread the gospel. So why would we think why? I guess it’s because we have had it so easy in our Christian lives that cringe at any “perils” that might befall us. Was not Paul a mighty warrior for the Lord? Then why did these things happen to him and why does it cost so much to serve the Lord(the answer would take another message)? Suffice it to say, it comes with the territory, it’s hard to be on the battlefield without taking some blows. As the Lord told Paul in 2 Cor 12:19 – “My grace is sufficient for thee…,” when Paul wanted the Lord to take away the “thorn in the flesh” which Paul had received.
You see, in reality, we have it so easy these days. God has given us so much compared to what we give in return. First, He gave us His Son that we may have the inheritance of the Kingdom of God and His Son that we may live eternally with Him. What more can He give? We can give all that we have and it will not compare to a thimble full in comparison to the universe, compared to what He has promised and given us. Carol & I have been so blessed of God that the verse which the Holy Spirit continues to communicate to us is:
For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
So even thought we experience breakdowns, delays, blow tires, body damage, and unforeseen expenses, we press on (Phil.3:14).
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
"The Way" is written by missionary Glen Moore based solely on his thoughts and study. If you have any comments - please email Glen at firstname.lastname@example.org