Friday

Scripture Reading:
Jer. 32:9-11, 14, 25

“And in nothing being frightened by the opposers, which is to them a proof of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God;”(Philippians 1:28)
do not be influenced by outward circumstances

Jeremiah was a person like that. Think about the situation he was in: Jerusalem besieged by the Chaldean army; war; the dead; the sword; no food or water in the city; desperate families…what a situation! It was right in the middle of this situation that Jeremiah bought the field of Anathoth. Would you have done the same thing in such a complicated situation? Would you have invested in something that was about to be terminated? Even though all the outward evidence was unfavorable, Jeremiah was firm in obeying the Lord's word and he bought the land. To use the expression of 1 John, he was faithful to the teaching of the anointing.

This purchase was made with a deed, a seal, witnesses and money weighed in a balance. The deed was put into an earthen vessel to be kept for many days (Jer. 32:9-11, 14). Jeremiah did everything exactly as the Lord had commanded him. Only after all this was done did he go to the Lord and ask, "But You, O Lord Jehovah, said to me, Buy for yourself the field with money and call witnesses. Yet the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans" (v. 25). Then the Lord answered and said that He would gather the Israelites that had been dispersed and would cause them to dwell in that secure place. At the end of chapter 32 and in chapter 33 we only see good news and promises of restoration. It was as if the Lord had said to Jeremiah, "Jeremiah, give no importance to the things you are seeing. Everything is under My control. You are all thinking that this place has no value, that its glory is over and there is no more hope. But I will recover this place."

Here is another lesson we need to learn. Many today despise our Christian life and think it is absurd that we invest our time and money in the church life. They don't understand why, right at vacation time, we go to a conference for young people to speak about the Bible. What is this? To the majority of your friends, you are buying a field in a city that is destined for destruction. They may say, "It's the twenty-first century. Are you going to waste your vacation to study the Bible?" Don't be intimidated by this kind of mocking because this is "to them a proof of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God" (Phil. 1:28). Don't pay any attention to them. Rather, pay close attention to the word of God. If God tells us that we should invest our life in the church life, then we do it because He is the guarantee of our investment.

Dear reader, in what are you investing your future? Why are so few young people being brought into the church? Is it because the Lord has not given you this commission? Or, is it because He commissioned you but you are not interested? Where are your friends? Are they rich inwardly and spiritually? Be bold in following God's orders: redeem your companions, bring the young people you know to the church, to the Potter's house. If you invest your life in rescuing people, not worrying about the difficulties, there will surely be an abundant harvest for the Lord. Let us pray that this book may be used by God to wake up many young people so they can become useful in the Lord's hands. Practice to be cleansed of worldly sins and live by the anointing. Invest the best time of your life in that which does not pass away. Invest the best of your energy in the things of the Lord. Give yourself to serve the Lord! Invest your life in "buying the field of Anathoth."

Key Point:
Invest
Question:
What is God calling you to invest?