| THE PEOPLE WITH THE ROSES|
John Blanchard stood up from the bench, straightened his Army uniform, and studied the crowd of people making their way through Grand Central Station. He looked for the girl whose heart he knew, but whose face he didn’t, the girl with the rose.
His interest in her had begun thirteen months before in a Florida library. Taking a book off the shelf he found himself intrigued, not with the words of the book, but with the notes penciled in the margin. The soft handwriting reflected a thoughtful soul and insightful mind. In the front of the book, he discovered the previous owner’s name, Miss Hollis Maynell.
With time and effort he located her address. She lived in New York City. He wrote her a letter introducing himself and inviting her to correspond. The next day he was shipped overseas for service in World War II. During the next year and one month the two grew to know each other through the mail. Each letter was a seed falling on a fertile heart. A romance was budding.
Blanchard requested a photograph, but she refused. She felt that if he really cared, it wouldn’t matter what she looked like.
When the day finally came for him to return from Europe, they scheduled their first meeting-7:00 p.m. at the Grand Central Station in New York. “You’ll recognize me,” she wrote, “by the red rose I’ll be wearing on my lapel.”
I’ll let Mr. Blanchard tell you what happened:
A young woman was coming toward me, her figure long and slim. Her blonde hair lay back in curls from her delicate ears; her eyes were blue as flowers. Her lips and chin had a gentle firmness, and in her pale green suit she was like springtime come alive. I started toward her, entirely forgetting to notice that she was not wearing a rose. As I moved, a small, provocative smile curved her lips. “Going my way, sailor?” she murmured.
Almost uncontrollably I made one step closer to her, and then I saw Hollis Maynell.
She was standing almost directly behind the girl. A woman well past 40, she had graying hair tucked under a worn hat. She was more than plump, her thick-ankled feet thrust into low-heeled shoes. The girl in the green suit was walking quickly away. I felt as though I was split in two, so keen was my desire to follow her, and yet so deep was my longing for the woman whose spirit had truly companioned me and upheld my own.
And there she stood. Her pale, plump face was gentle and sensible, her gray eyes had a warm and kindly twinkle. I did not hesitate. My finger gripped the small worn blue leather copy of the book that was to identify me to her. This would not be love, but it would be something precious, something perhaps even better than love, a friendship for which I had been and must ever be grateful.
I squared my shoulders and saluted and held out the book to the woman, even though while I spoke I felt choked by the bitterness of my disappointment. “I’m Lieutenant John Blanchard, and you must be Miss Maynell. I am so glad you could meet me; may I take you to dinner?”
The woman’s face boardened into a tolerant smile. “I don’t know what this is all about, son, “ she answered, “but the young lady in the green suit who just went by, she begged me to wear this rose on my coat. And she said if you were to ask me out to dinner, I should go and tell you that she is waiting for you in a big restaurant across the street. She said it was some kind of a test!”
It's not difficult to understand and admire Miss Maynell's wisdom. The true nature of a heart is seen in its response to the unattractive. "Tell me whom you love," Houssaye wrote, "And I will tell you who you are."
SOURCE: Max Lucado, "The People With the Roses," Chapter 19 in And the Angels Were Silent (Portland, OR: Multnomah, 1992)
3 groups of people: landowner, early workers, last workers
A. наполнен милостью и состраданием
1. по отношению к урожаю
a. Why else would you go in the marketplace almost every hour and hire more people? Нужда была огромной! Настало время страды!
b. Russian stats
c. 10/40 WINDOW
d. Bible in over 3,000 languages
2. For the workers
a. He hired the last workers at 5:00PM to work only 1 hour
b. These Guys were not lazy - they wanted to work. They were probably “unpromising” ones, small built or not physically strong, etc.
c. God is not looking for our ability, strength, wisdom, etc. Those things would get in the way, anyway. God is looking for AVAILABILITY. In other words, OBEDIENCE.
(1) when we give to Faith Promise Missions, He is not interested in what we can afford to give, or what we WANT to give - He wants to reveal His will to you and expects you to obey, so that He can provide what he laid on your heart and bless you over and above that.
(2) Circle of Blessing
(3) If we could grow great churches, win a multitude to the Lord and make an impact in the lives of people for all eternity by our wisdom, because of our great talent, ability or strength, WHY WOULD WE NEED GOD?
II. Last workers
A. Place - Marketplace
1. Association with this life
a. When we get saved, we get saved “out of the marketplace of sin”
b. When we get called, we get called out of the marketplace of “the world” and “idleness”
(1) By nature, we are designed to serve
(a) Matthew Henry: The soul of man stands ready to be hired into some service or other; it was (as all the creatures were) created to work, and is either a servant to iniquity, or a servant to righteousness, Romans 6:19
(b) The devil, by his temptations, is hiring labourers into his field, to feed swine. God calls us to work in the harvest of souls.
(c) We must chose - Joshua 24:15); Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.
a. Was a wage for a day of labor ($5.75x8hr=$46)
b. It was also the amount of money spent by an average family daily for their food, and other necessities.
(1) God provides “our daily bread.” He has not promised to take care of tomorrow’s struggles, He gives us sufficient grace for today.
(2) Whoever God calls - He equips.
(3) God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Based on my personality, I am not a leader, I am more a follower. My gifts are loyalty, faithfulness, obedience, and quietness. But God has called me to reach a city of 1,600,000 people with no other missionaries within 6 hours drive. He will enable me to be a motivator, have a vision, have people skills necessary to lead people, etc. Our God is a great God
(a) Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
(b) Ephesians 1:3 ¶Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
2. Whatsoever is right
a. We serve Him by FAITH!!!
(1) God will be a debtor to no man!
III. The First Servants
A. Were envious of the guys that worked 1 hour
1. Arent they justified? After all, the work in the field is very hard. Hot sun, long hours bending your back, dust, sweat, mosquitoes, etc.
2. This selfish attitude springs up from “I am entitled” idea. Basically, God owes it to me to have a big church, or a successful youth ministry with a 1000 young people, or 213 churches started on the mission field. After all, I see some other Guys being so successful...
a. Let me just tell you a little secret: what you observe is their actions on the outside. Their great success comes from spending MUCH time on their knees, alone with God IN SECRET.
b. I can mimic what Bro. Davison does on the outside, but will not have as great of the ministry that God enabled him to have if I am not willing to spend MUCH time in prayer, worship and preparing myself to be used of God!!!!
c. Don’t be a PERFORMANCE BASED Christian! Be an obedience based Christian. Performance-based Christians cannot rejoice with those who come late into the Kingdom. They’re resentful. They have a complaining spirit, a judgmental spirit.
A. First of all - God wants each and everyone of us to be a servant There are only 2 conditions:
a. You must be an AVAILABLE vessel
b. You must be a clean vessel
B. We are like these poor servants called at the last hour
1. Have you ever felt incompetent? Ever wished for a greater gift or a more important ministry? Have you ever felt inferior to others in the church and thus less important?
2. PATIENCE MAKES IT HAPPEN
"The history books are full of stories of gifted persons whose talents were overlooked by a procession of people until someone believed in them. To name a few ...
"Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read". Einstein became one of the greatest physicists who ever lived.
"Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school." Newton, like Einstein was one of the smartest people of his day as a scientist.
"A newspaper fired Walt Disney because he had "no good ideas" Listen to the rest of the story about Mr. Disney. "It is reported that Walt Disney was not only a remarkable man but also a remarkably happy man. Somewhere recently there was a story about his early years. When he started out in Kansas City, he couldn’t sell his cartoons. Some hinted that he had no talent. Disney had a dream, so he set out to conquer his foes. He found a minister who paid him a small amount to draw advertising pictures for his church. Disney had no place to stay, so that the church let him sleep in the mouse-infested garage. One of those mice which Disney nicknamed Mickey, became famous---as the world knows. How satisfying life must have been for Disney when he remembered the hard struggle from lean years spent in a church garage."
"Leo Tolstoy flunked out of college." It was later on that he wrote the literature classic that we know as "War And Peace".
2. The fact that God CHOSES TO use us gives us WORTH.
3. Just like marathon runners - we ought to intensify everything we are doing for the Lord since it is the last hour.
Our labor is not in vain!!!