Dellas Linaman - "Let Us Go On" - Glencoe, 1996

II Corinthians 3:  "Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all me."  Do we have a letter to give to others about ourselves? What kind of letter would we send; written out of the sports page? Or the finance page? Or the society page? It is just a thought, but it is good to have a clean page, something clear, something that people can read and do not have to guess, do not have to ask.

Hymn 396 "A Little While" was sung.

Today is the first day of December and this week I have my 50th anniversary in the Work. People, factories, companies, friends and so on, have their 50th anniversaries and I have wondered where I would be on my 50th. I am glad that I am here. It is not of my choosing. Let God choose your course and your friends, and you will not be disappointed.

Sometimes in the beginning the choice is made and the course is set and you wonder. The major decisions I don't regret though I have made mistakes. I had an Art scholarship. The teacher and others wanted me to go through with it with no course costs. But when you come to the end of life, what is it going to do for you? My dad was building houses and apartments and wanted us to build more houses, have thousands of them, but at the end that would mean nothing. When you come to the end of the line, what will it mean to you?

I came to Gospel meetings, made my choice, and fifty years ago I left home. Dad said, "You will be back in five years."  I got on a bus and about a mile or so down the road there was a rest stop and everybody got off. That day there was clear talking from Satan saying, "Get off this bus. You can still go back. The door will still be open."  I sat there alone. Some of those things you don't understand and you wonder what has kept you, but maybe, like Paul, you can say, "Having received help from God, I continue unto this day."  Something there was helping Paul.

I was heading to somewhere I didn't know because I had never been there. I was meeting a companion I had never heard of, but it was not very long before I realized that I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Going out from this Convention, lift your eyes to new horizons, new possibilities, greater depths. God wants us to prove Him, that He can be all to us. It is only as we give of our best that we can taste of His best. As we give our all, we find that it is not enough. A coyote runs with one leg in the air and only uses it when there is a lack. It is only as we give our all we lack and find that it's not enough, and there we find Christ coming into it and His work is revealed that would not be there otherwise.

I wrote to Charles Preston, "Why is there not someone in Taiwan? There are fifty countries where there are no Servants, no sowers. How about the people?"  He wrote back, "I have been waiting for someone to go with me."  I wrote back, "Let's go."  It was not all that easy, but anyway that was forty years ago. I didn't know the language. There were no churches, no Conventions, nothing. It was a poor country but there were people waiting for the Gospel, and that is what we want to be concerned about.

We are not doing these things in human strength. Human strength comes by determination but spiritual strength comes through submission. Human strength has its limitations and it does not last all that long, but if you have that divine strength to just be submitting daily, it will take you to the end. Submission is the right source, and then the right One, God, can undertake for us.

I have been getting letters saying things like, "This is our fiftieth anniversary."  They make an album of the photos of their children, grandchildren and so on. I can't say I can get all mine together, but I do have an album of 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations. We have left all, and what do we have? Homes a hundred fold and eternal life. We have homes. The best I could have done would be to have one home, but I have many homes now. Some homes we visited were on the verge of splitting up till the Gospel came but they are now lovely homes with a meeting in the home.

It is not our planning. It is costly to say "Yes", but sometimes more costly to say, "No."  God has something in mind if we are just willing to launch out.

Soon we will all separate and go back to schools, jobs, cows, sheep and so forth. Will you be going back to the same ruts? They are waiting for you. How long can we keep out of them before we slide back into the same old rut? There is lots of teaching here regarding making your paths straight that the lame may not be turned outside, but it is for your walking, being willing to deal with some of these things.

We can read in Luke 5 of what Jesus had told Peter. Then in verse 4 it says, "When he had left speaking..."  That is what has been going on here. Jesus said to Peter, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught."  Why have we not done it before? Fears and doubts hinder us. Many people are comfortable on the shore, or in ankle deep water, sometimes too busy to launch out. It may be an experience we have not done before. It is in obedience to the words of Jesus that brings us to where things await us in the deep.

If soldiers are always on the defensive they get discouraged. Even if you are on the defensive you have got to get new ground. It requires some action. Don't slip back. There are mountains to climb, more experiences waiting for us in the deep, in obedience to Jesus. You are not going to launch out into the deep if you depend on your reasoning. When Jesus put the clay on that man's eyes, or when He filled the pots with water, who would have thought of it? If it is in obedience it is a miracle. What Jesus did in feeding the 5000 with five loaves and two fishes was like saying, "Sit down and we will fill you up."  These experiences are waiting in the deep.

II John 8:  "Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward."  Deceivers have entered in. One thing that can hinder us from receiving a full reward is when Satan uses men and women, mothers and fathers, and deceives us. This relationship we have with God we want to preserve. Is God dealing with you?

A young Taiwanese boy wanted to go into the Work. His sister was a Worker and she said, "No" to him. She discouraged him. He came to me and said, "Why did she say 'No?'"  He said to me, "I know it's got to be an experience from God hasn't it?"  He went into the Work.

Money deceives people. They may think, "If I had more I could help more."  What a deception that is. To have a full reward we must be willing to pay the full price. Satan would say, "You don't have to pay the full price. Get something cheaper,"  spiritually speaking that is. God orders experiences to come to see if we are willing to pay the full price.

The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hid in a field. A man finds it with joy, sells all he has and buys the field. He willingly pays the full price to buy the field. Lots of people buy the field with no treasure. They are spending a lot of time and effort but there is no treasure. There is a price to pay for the field with treasure. We may try to buy the field on the installment plan, and because of that we don't have the treasure.

A man went looking for gold. He found the gold and filed a claim. Someone wanted to buy the claim for $25 but he wouldn't sell and he lived to see eight million dollars worth of gold taken out of that claim. We had better not sell the treasure but be willing to labour there. It would be terrible to spend only fifteen minutes in a gold mine.

A Worker had her two legs injured in an accident and a little boy wanted to give her all that was in his bank. He emptied it out into my hands. There were fifty dollar bills and ten dollar bills. I said, "Not all of it."  He said, "I want to give my all."  I said, "I will write and tell her."  Our all is not measured in dollars, but it is measured by our all. Give your all, or it is not your all. That widow gave two cents. It was not very much, but it was costly because it was her all. To give our all is to give our best.

I went to have a meal with a man who had three sons and a daughter in the Work. He takes this big wok off the flame and gives me some sweet potatoes. I wrote home and said I was enjoying the best. A few years later I went home and went to stay with some folks. They said, "Take the car and visit."  I said I would take the older car, but they insisted I take the Mercedes Benz. When I arrived at my visit they said, "Oh it's you."  I said, "We are enjoying the best."  There was no difference between the sweet potatoes and the Mercedes Benz. We sometimes have to pay the price to fit in.

Do you give your best? You had better be learning how to give your best. We want to learn how to serve with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. That is the only way we will know how to give our best. II Corinthians 6:17-18:  "'Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters,' saith the Lord Almighty." That will help us to get a full reward.

A young couple professed and it was twenty years later that they began to come out from among their relatives and friends. They said to us, "Just now we are beginning to understand the Gospel."  It was just because before this they could not pay the price to come out.

If a person is murmuring and complaining, they are not paying the price. It is wonderful to go to a home where the children are not complaining about the food. Some whine about this or that, and it may be because they hear their parents whine. They don't know what the cost is, or how to pay the price. A sister Worker told us, "I don't want anyone to know the price I pay."  She had a tumour on the brain and was often suffering severe headaches. Pay the full price to fit in with companions, with husband and wife. To say, "The better way is my way," is not fitting in.

A person may be able to play beautiful music on their own but in the orchestra they may not be so beautiful because in the orchestra they must fit in. It is important to live before God. Our weapons are not carnal but are before God. Living before men weakens us, but living before God strengthens us.

Hebrews 6:1:  "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God."  Sometimes at every Convention we mess around with these foundation stones. For the next Convention, let us go on and build on that sure foundation. We will need fireproof material and that will be costly.