Summary of Devotion by Gideon Jacobs - 29 April 2010

"And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had
blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said unto his eldest
servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray
thee, thy hand under my thigh: And I will make thee swear by the LORD,
the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take
a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I
dwell: But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take
a wife unto my son Isaac. And the servant said unto him, Peradventure
the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I
needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest? And
Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither
again." (Genesis 24:1-6).

Let's look at this well-known passage from a different angle today.

As Abraham sent his servant Eleazar to Mesopotamia to get a wife for
his son Isaac, so our Heavenly Father is sending us, His servants, to
go into all the world and find those whose hearts He has prepared as a
bride for His Son.

This servant had an impossible task, humanly speaking, to accomplish.
He had to go to a foreign country, find a woman he did not know in a
family he did not know. Neither did this woman or her family know him.
He had to convince this woman to leave her family and her country and
follow him to an unknown country on a pilgrimage to stay with people
staying in tents, who had no fixed abode in Canaan.

But he had one advantage. The angel of the Lord went before him to
prepare the way.
He also brought with him gifts from Canaan.

Abraham's servant took along gifts from Canaan. It would have been
fruitless to go and buy gifts in Mesopotamia. They already had enough
of the things of Mesopotamia. So too when you go on our Father's
errand you must bring gifts from heaven. You cannot impress them with
the things of this world. They have enough of it.

What are these gifts from heaven?

One thing is a clean conscience. O, it is a precious gift, forgiveness
from sin and guilt. It's a gift this world can never give. You cannot
buy it anywhere in this world. You cannot miss a person who has been
forgiven. When you are forgiven you don't have to speak about it. It
is obvious in your whole being. It is a beautiful gift. It permeates
your whole manner of doing things. It is evident in the way you do
business. It is evident in the way that you handle others and speak to
This gift is seen in your daily life. And if someone from the world
sees it and the Lord has prepared their heart, they will strongly
desire that gift.

We can go through the gifts of the Spirit in Gal 5. They are all gifts
unobtainable in this world.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there
is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with
the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk
in the Spirit." (Galatians 5:22-25).

Also note that Eleazar had a living relationship with his master
Abraham and Isaac. When he talked with Rebecca's family about his
master and his master's house they knew that he knew them intimately.
Can the lost world whom you want to introduce to the Lord Jesus see
and experience that you have a living relationship with Jesus Christ?
"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that
they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took
knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13).

Do people perceive that we "had been with Jesus"?

Note further that the heart of Abraham was set on this thing. He made
the servant to swear that he would perform this thing.
So too the heart of our Heavenly Father is set on this thing, that He
has sent us out into this world to seek out a bride for His Son.
Are we busy with that? Is that what our life is about? Nothing else is
worth living for.

It is true that the people of this world cannot see the heavenly
things, the heavenly country we are talking about. But we can show
them the gifts of heaven. Our conversation can testify to our personal
relationship with our Master in heaven.
On top of that our Father has sent before us His Holy Spirit to
prepare the hearts. As we walk with Him, He can show us the hearts
that He has prepared and we can convince them to follow us to our
Master's Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. His Spirit will work in their
heart to follow us to the foot of the Cross.

Are you busy with that?



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