"COME THOU WITH US, AND WE WILL DO THEE GOOD"
One of the greatest joys in life is sharing the things most dear to our hearts with people we love. To the Christian, it is the Lord, His house and the fellowship of the saints. Grateful, thankful, excited about God's presence among his people, full of love for the Lord, Moses wanted to share his experience with others. To his brother in law, Hobab, he would say, "We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel"-Numbers 10:29.
An invitation to God's house has always reflected a kindness towards another. "We will do the good" carries the thought of: "I want to share something with you that I hold dear to my heart. If you find what I have found, you too will find great blessings. I will help you with your burdens, you help me with mine. Come, let us go with the Lord." This sentiment is found in the Christian invitation. Perhaps it is to one who has gone astray; perhaps to keep one from going astray; it might be to one who is strong and could be a great blessing to the cause; it could be to a friend whose company around the throne of grace is sought after; it could be to help a marriage; a child; or a simple opening of a door for a seeker. All of this and much more is found in the word come.
It was nothing in himself, or even the chosen people of God, that moved Moses to invite Hobab. His confidence was solely because "the Lord hath spoken good concerning Israel". God's promise, not his own faithfulness, was the foundation of his hopeful invitation. The Lord has promised to go with us, tabernacle with us, protect us, feed us, water us, love us and finally receive us unto Himself on high where He dwells with the Cherubim and the redeemed family of God. When God blesses us, you will be blessed. Come with us, Hobab, we will do thee good.
Surely, this must be the driving force behind every true preacher and evangelist. They have tasted the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. They have savored his mercy, his grace and his loving kindness. They are like Jonathan who said, "see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey"-1 Samuel 14:29. If they are sincere, they are not after your money or to add another number to their list of admirers. They want to share what they have found to be the greatest blessing in their lives, something sweet, the glory of the Lord. This is the true spirit of evangelism. It is not expensive. Yet, it is dynamic. It is not selfish. As one preacher put it: "It is one hobo inviting another hobo to dinner."
We would not dwell upon the negative, but we must contrast this invitation to that of the world. The world will invite God children to "come with us" but they have no intention of doing thee good. Misery loves company. If friends of the world can make one more miserable than they are, they are happy. The credit card companies say, "come with us" . Will they do thee good? The race track and the gambling casinos will say, "Come with us" while we take your savings and the money to feed your family. Will they do thee good? On Sunday morning the world is screaming, "Come thou with us". Who will really do thee good?
The greatest blessing to a mother, a father or a grandparent is sharing the Lord and His house with their family. This blessing will eclipse all others in our earthly pilgrimage. To be present in the Lord's house and share the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, to feel His presence in the song and prayer is the best of the best. It is the oasis in this desert that many have sought after and are seeking today. To those hungry and thirsty we will say, "Come thou with us, and we will do thee good."
Come and worship with us at Harmony Primitive Baptist Church. Singing begins at 10:30 each Sunday morning followed by preaching at 11:00.
By His mercy and grace, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.