Numbers 33:2, “And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of the Lord: And these are their journeys according to their going out”
Many people record many things in this life. In looking at the Guinness book of world records you will discover that it records some of the craziest things that people have done.
Moses recorded all the places that Israel pitched their tents. Each place had its ups and downs, positives and negatives, yet they pitched their tents anyhow. Think for a moment of the Tabernacle of Witness, which had as its purpose to be in the middle of tribes as a witness of God’s presence as they traveled. John 1:14 states, that Jesus Christ became “tabernacle among us“. And what was further written of the life of Christ was that He would bring redemption paid for by His blood. Why, because His mission was to seek and to save the lost.
Is our mission any different? Now the whole being the Redeemer of Israel could only go to Christ, but His mission of seeking and saving the lost is still ours as a continuation of what He began. We need to go in the power of the Holy Spirit obeying the mission so that Heaven’s recordings of our lives show that we pitched our tents and shared the gospel with the lost on our way to the Promised Land of Heaven.
What will be written of you or what do you think has been written already about your pitching your tent to reach the unsaved? We are called to be living epistles read of by men. “You are our epistle (letter) written in our hearts, known and read of all men…written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart”, 2Corinthians 3:2-3. Our very lives in Christ are results of God’s grace upon us giving us salvation instead of condemnation.
We have therefore become a letter for all to read, we are walking testimonials. But to bring balance let us NEVER FORGET that we are called to be “living letters” called to speak the word and truth of God, (Romans 10:13-15), because “they” can’t hear unless you speak. Now does your walk match your talk, that is to say live a godly lifestyle, but don’t take a vow of silence! Ray Comfort speaks of “monasteries without walls“, to describe any Christian who leaves their church on Sunday, goes home and does nothing for Christ, then returns the following Sunday to rejoice in the Lord. Such Christians have extended their monastery without walls and keep a vow of silence about Jesus Christ in their sphere of influence. If we do this, then we deserve the evil that is coming to our nation, for we seek no way to use the only change agent, THE PREACHED GOSPEL! That is why only 2% of Christians, even 2% of you who receive these devotions actively share the gospel. You were saved! to serve, end of story.
If we claim to be a living letter, why then are we not pitching our tents (lives) daily to share the gospel with those around us? What will Heaven write about how you pitched your tent? Will your tent be pitched for food, fun, and fellowship (the great disguising mark of most churches), or perhaps your pages will be blank because this book will record what is done to further “the kingdom by force“. Perhaps it will it be written of you that you pitched your tent for furthering the gospel? Israel pitched their tents in all kinds of situations, and we are called to do the same. If you like your job or not, if you like your school or not, remember, we are not here for ourselves, we are saved to serve.
Application: “Woe to me if I preach not the gospel.” (1Corinthians 9:6). Blessings, Pastor Phil