“What doest thou here, Elijah?”

Posted: January 30, 2015 in Abortion Abolition, Christian walk, Evangelism
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What doest thou here, Elijah?”

How often is that question put still! When a Christian worker, sorely needed, deserts his post, because of some unforeseen difficulty, or some selfish gratification and ease; to that couch of indolence, or to that forest glade where soft breezes blow, the question comes, “What doest thou here?”

When a child of God is found in the theater, the dancing saloon, or the place of evil companionship; sitting in the seat of scorners, or walking in the way of the ungodly- again must the question come as a thunderbolt out of a clear sky, “What doest thou here?”

When one endowed with great faculties digs a hole in the earth, and buries the God- entrusted talent, standing idle all the day long among the loungers in the market place, again must the inquiry ring out, “What doest thou here?”

Life is the time for doing. The world is a great workshop, in which there is no room for drones. God Himself worketh as the Master- builder. All creatures fulfill their needful functions, from the angel that hymns God’s praise to the wasp that buries a corpse. There is plenty to do. Evil to put down; good to build up; doubters to be directed; prodigals to be won back; sinners to be sought. “What doest thou here?” Up, Christians, leave your caves and do!

Do not do in order to be saved; but being saved DO!

(F.B. Meyer – Elijah)

This is a plea to the early twentieth-century Christian but it is as applicable today as it was then. Have we forgotten that we are in a war? Is there not a cause? Why do we justify wasting our time in frivolous things when there are battles to be won? Do you not see the victory just awaiting the obedient child of God? I think we have allowed ourselves to be blinded by both the cares and the pleasures of this world. Often we have bound ourselves as bondmen to the world’s master. We have no reason to serve the god of this world. He no longer has a hold on us. Once we were the children of the devil but now we have become the sons of God. There is great victory and power in being adopted by the King of the universe! Why subject ourselves to anything or anyone else other than our rightful Master?

“I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2

As Believers, we have been saved from death to live as a holy sacrifice unto God. This is our reasonable service. Often we think that anytime we do something for the Lord that we are doing something great or extra. No. Living as a holy, acceptable sacrifice unto God is what is expected. We are the vessels that God has so graciously used.

  When we repent of our sin and trust in the Lord for salvation we receive a new occupation. No longer are we thieves, drunkards and idolaters. We become soldiers.

“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:4

“Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

Will we be able to say that about our lives? Have we fought the fight or are we more concerned about what people think of us? Have we put on the armor of God or are we just too busy to take the time? A soldier has no other option than to follow the commands of his Leader. He makes the rules of engagement. How selfish of us to accept the gift of salvation only to trample the name of our Savior. Is this not what we are doing every time we fail to obey His voice?

“What doest thou here?” Ask yourself this question. Are we doing what the Lord wills? Why do we pursue the things we do? Why do we spend our time doing the thing that we do? Where is our focus? What is the first thing we think of when we wake up in the morning? Where is our heart? The answer lies in where our treasure is. We can not serve two masters but so often we try to do just that.

More often than not we sleep while a desperate battle rages all around us. It is time to stand, to awake, to fight.

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:14-17

We have nothing to fear as children of God. Victory is sure when the Lord is on our side. If God be for us who can be against us?

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

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  1. Lynea says:

    I really appreciated this post Chris. To be encouraged to stop and think for a moment where we truly are, and if that place is really where we should be. Convicting. Some of the things you mentioned are things that the Lord has recently put on my mind as well. Our life is but a vapor, and it is so crucially important how we spend it. We get accustomed to “life” it would almost seem. The way we do things, how we spend our time, what we pursue. It is good to be reminded that we are not our own. I also really liked the quote by F.B. Meyer. Thanks for taking the time to post this.

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    • chrisehutto says:

      I’m glad it could be an encouragement, Lynea. It was convicting for me as well. 🙂 Often I write what I’m learning right then. You mentioned that our life is but a vapor. Tha’s easy to forget sometimes. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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  2. Melissa says:

    “This is our reasonable service. Often we think that anytime we do something for the Lord that we are doing something great or extra. No. Living as a holy, acceptable sacrifice unto God is what is expected. We are the vessels that God has so graciously used….”
    Thank you Chris for pointing this out. It helped me. I too often think of living my faith as ‘extra’ as you put it. I don’t even realized that I think this way until someone points it out. I remember you said once in one of your messages as church,
    “Since when did it become an option to be filled with the Spirit and serve the Lord?” and it struck me.
    You have a gift………….God has endowed you with a personality that can stand very strongly for the Truth and things you believe in………….. I am encouraged to see God using it in your life and others. I want to encourage you Chris. Don’t back down, don’t give up, keep plodding on, even if you must leave all the other Christians that you know behind you. God has obviously given you a very special heart for this ministry.
    I’d also like to bring to your attention the very last part of the verse you quoted “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:14-17 and wanted to point out that not everyone is going to be called into the ministry that God has given you. I read a quote by Helen Roseveare that basically said even a ‘good’ thing can be wrong if it is not God’s will for you to do. As a Christian young person it can be almost ‘overwhelming’ the ‘choices’ of ministries that need done. This world is full of chaos and there are so many things that need addressed and so many people that need help-Christ, etc. I remember was it, Bro. Newman talking about the quandary of decisions facing a young person…. anyway, all that to say that God has a specific call for each person’s life. I’m not ‘excusing’ people who sit around and do nothing because they don’t feel ‘called’ to anything. I truly believe that in this world of choices the only sure way of doing the works that Christ has for-ordained for us is to follow His will and leading.
    I love that book by the way! Great one.

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    • chrisehutto says:

      Thank you for the comment. I’m glad the post could be a help. Really I was discovering while I was writing. I enjoy being able to share with others what the Lord has taught me or what the Lord is teaching me.
      Also, thank you for encouraging me. Often the Christians are the most negative when you step out in faith. About what Helen Roseveare said, I agree, even “good” things can be bad when done in the wrong spirit or wrong time. But I would also add that abortion abolition should be the work of every Christian. Not that every Christian is going to hold signs or stand outside an abortion “clinic” but as Christians it is our duty to be a voice for the voiceless. I’m not disagreeing with what you said about God having a specific plan but I just had to add that a church following “pure religion” that is “undefiled before God” will “visit the fatherless…in their affliction.” I hope that makes sense. Again, thanks for the comment and encouragement.

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  3. For Melissa who commented here // anyway, all that to say that God has a specific call for each person’s life. I’m not ‘excusing’ people who sit around and do nothing because they don’t feel ‘called’ to anything.//

    Interestingly, if you go back to your Bible and study the word “call”, as in called, calling, calleth, and all of its variations, the idea of a calling is a man-made one. There are only two uses of the word call as related to Christianity. All of us have been called to salvation, and Paul was called to be an apostle.

    The reality is that yes there are gifts, but we are COMMANDED by Jesus to go out and do certain things.

    We are commanded to teach to observe whatsoever He commanded. We are commanded to love God and then love our neighbors as ourselves.

    Really, we should only evaluate things in the prism of what has Jesus told us to go do. Now, that may take many different forms, but we had better be doing something as relates to the outside world.

    A big part of what Christ has been doing lately is crying out in relation to the great holocaust in our midst. I would say as relates to child sacrifice that is “legalized” and rampant in our midst, a basic love of neighbor should attempt to deliver those who are being murdered. They have the greatest need of all of our neighbors. And,we can help to abolish human abortion while also loving God and our neighbors in many other ways.

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  4. Sorry, typo – //A big part of what Christ has been doing lately is crying out in relation to the great holocaust in our midst.//

    A big part of what Chris Hutto has been doing lately….

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  5. tonihutto says:

    This is great Chris. Loved F.B. Meyers quote. “Life is the time for doing”. In Heaven we will get to give Him praise and worship for eternity. Of course we should do that now as well but it’s now that we are privileged and expected to serve Him. What a battlefront! We not only forget to ask for armor, but we so often are asleep on the front lines! Thank you for trying to “wake up the church”. It’s so easy to get caught up in trivial things that don’t matter, and not take the time to be faithful in what He has called us to do.

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  6. Janine says:

    Se dici Jen Lindley a me viene subito in mente la nonna e rabsirvidibco.No, comunque, consiglio: ventaglio piumoso verde fosforescente e alucce da fatina con bacchetta. Altri due gadget che stanno andando forte oltre al diadema. Provali.

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