Giving Our Best

Give of Your Best to the Master

Howard Grose penned the words of this dynamic poem:
an articulate, convicting call upon the church to give of its best.

Give of your best to the Master; Give of the strength of your youth.
Throw your soul’s fresh, glowing ardor, Into the battle for truth.
Jesus has set the example, Dauntless was He, young and brave.
Give Him your loyal devotion; Give Him the best that you have.
Give of your best to the Master; Give Him first place in your heart.
Give Him first place in your service; Consecrate every part.
Give, and to you will be given; God His beloved Son gave.
Gratefully seeking to serve Him, Give Him the best that you have. 
Give of your best to the Master; Naught else is worthy His love.
He gave Himself for your ransom, Gave up His glory above.
Laid down His life without murmur, You from sin’s ruin to save.
Give Him your heart’s adoration; Give Him the best that you have. 
Give of your best to the Master; Give of the strength of your youth.
Clad in salvation’s full armor, Join in the battle for truth.

The words and thoughts of this song need to be engrafted into the heart and soul of every serious conservative Anabaptist church in America. We cannot afford to give Him our extras; our surpluses; our left-overs. Jesus asks for the first-fruits! As congregations, we must seriously ask, “Are we giving our best to the Master, or are we reserving the best for our use at home?”

We can lament worldly, contemporary, compromising theology and worship styles, yet seldom offer anything better or more Biblical due to our self-preservation tendencies at home. America’s Conservative Anabaptist churches have retained a life-style obedience that, in many cases, is several generations deep. It contains a message that God has designed to be given to the world, rather than secluded in small enclaves and protected communities. The recent tragedy of the Nickel Mines Amish community propelled a relatively secluded, unknown group into a worldwide testimony of forgiveness. But, should we wait for tragedies to push us into witnessing?

The disciplines passed on to us from our forefathers are to be given to other cultures. There they can be grated through the cultural practices of people groups around the world and Biblically applied. When this happens, God’s Kingdom is built not only in theological ways, not only in excitement about who we are in Christ, but also in a lifestyle that manifests the holiness and purity of our God. This life-style component of evangelism is shamefully missing in much of missions today.

This is the challenge that we at the Institute for Global Opportunities want to leave with you. Will you give of your best young people, the best of your congregation’s young couples, and the best of your church’s leadership to regain a witness of life-style evangelism that articulates the holiness of a loving God who sent Jesus to die for our unholiness? When I perceive what seems to be a saturation of contemporary compromise in missions, my question is, “Why have we waited so long to get there?” Why have we allowed the compromised message to be the first one to get to many of these foreign fields?

We are confident that there are at least eight more young people or couples from our Conservative Anabaptist churches in America and Canada that God is calling to the ground-breaking, premier semester of IGo in April of 2007. Are they in your congregation or family? Do they need your encouragement and support to apply?

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