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The Song of the Night-life (2 of 4)
Ken D. Trivette
1. One of the most effective advertisements ever written appeared in a London newspaper earlier in this century. It read, "Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful." The ad was written by Sir Ernest Shackleton, explorer of the South Pole. Regarding response, Shackleton said, "It seemed as though all the men in Great Britain were determined to accompany us."
2. I wonder what kind of response I would get if I ran this ad: "People wanted for a long journey, wages paid at the end of the journey. At times there will be bitter cold experiences and long nights of complete darkness, lasting weeks and months at a time, trials frequent, although the arrival guaranteed." I wonder how effective it would be? I wonder how many would answer such ad? I don't think there would be a long line of volunteers. Yet such an ad would be descriptive of life and particularly the Christian life.
3. For fear you might misunderstand me, let me say that the Christian life is by no means a burden. As one fellow said, "Since I got saved, I'm happier now when I'm not happy, then when I was happy." I would rather be a Christian and things go bad than be a sinner and things go good. I once heard someone say, "If when it is all said and done and I discover that there is no God, no heaven, no hell, and life is just over, I would still rather live the Christian life than the life I used to live." I agree.
4. But yet, the Christian life, in spite of it's many blessings, is not without it's many burdens. Watchman Nee said, "We seldom learn anything new about God except through adversity." Alexander Maclaren said, "Every affliction comes with a message from the heart of God."
5. The burdens of the Christian life are God's way of bringing us into the blessings of the Christian life. In the words of Shackleton's ad, ...
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