Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: But the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
One of my heroes was a man that truly had a heart for the WORLD–a man that at the end of life wasn’t heralded as a great man of God but was basically considered in all accounts a failure. However, the Lord took that perceived failure and did something remarkable. Luther Rice, now known for being an instrument in starting the Southern Baptist Convention, was a man who served a GREAT GOD. My point of this blog series is not to make much of a man but to show you how God took someone and did great and mighty things through him. I hope to point out some of his godly traits and show you how a man of God lives his life.
The first trait that I would like to point out in the life of Luther Rice is his initiative. Early on in Luther Rice’s life you can see that he was a man of initiative. At the age of sixteen Luther left his home in the Northeast heading to Georgia to buy timber and bring it back to build ships. It appears that asking his parents was not the route that he took. He wanted to make money so he did. He took the initiative. There was no prodding and forcing him to get to work. He was a man of action. This trait only seemed to intensify once he was born-again. Luther Rice took initiative. He saw a need and then spent his life working to meet that need. After returning to America from seeing India, he went out on a horse travelling and preaching to raise awareness and funds for the foreign field and education.
All throughout the Bible you see God’s men making decisions and taking the initiative. Doing so is an aspect of faith. You can see this trait with Noah building the ark, Abraham leaving his homeland and offering up his son, in Moses, Rahab and many more. Many believed and were moved to action themselves as a result. Maybe you are reading this article and you are looking for a place to learn how to be in the ministry. You have the desire but maybe you need show initiative and take the next step. Maybe you are already a student here in the Training Center and so desperately want God to work in your life, so get off the couch and DO SOMETHING. Charles Spurgeon said that a call to preach is a call to prepare. Did you get that? YOU have to take the initiative and get to work. Desire is not enough if we are going to reach this world with gospel; we need men and women who are going to take initiative. We need men and women who don’t need a boss. We need people who have seen the problem and are taking steps to be part of the solution.
Lord please give us, the Our Generation Training Center, men and women who will take initiative–not just students who have a desire, but real MEN and WOMEN who will take the initiative and step out to fulfill this impossible task we call world evangelism. Thank You Father for an example like Luther Rice who gave his life for this cause, but Lord thank you more for your Son, Jesus who gave His all and is our example and enabler to be men and women who take the initiative in His work. Amen.