George Walker - The TWO WAYS – "The Right and True Way, and The False Way" - August 25, 1918

A good many people reading about these seven different churches in Revelations imagine that they are the same as the buildings and denominations that we have around today. A woman out in North Dakota some years ago came in touch with some of the preachers who were out trying to walk in God's TRUE WAY, and she got a little interested in their message. She was a devout Presbyterian, but sincere in her desire to serve God. She could not understand them when they taught that the different denominations or sects in the world at this present time were not of God, and had no foundation in the Bible. One day she thought she had found something to confront them with and drew their attention to the fact that there were seven different churches (Revelations 2 & 3 mentioned) corresponding to the different sects of today. But they were able to show her that they were not seven sects different from each other in doctrine and act, and having different names. They were one church. They all taught the same doctrine. They all walked the same way. They all worshipped the same Lord and were all one. And the only reason it speaks of seven churches is because they were in different parts of the country. There were absolutely no vision and no parallel between them and the denominations in the world today.

 

You hear some people who try to talk about being one. That is a great thing today and they try to make people believe they are one. But how different it is from this message. It was at a place in the West where they tried to carry on a little Sunday school and they had 10 members who tried to help in the work. They were 10 people professing to be Christians and professing to serve God and love Him, and these 10 persons meeting there in the Union Sunday school represented 5 different forms of belief. One man was a Presbyterian, one a Methodist, another a Campbellite, and I think another a Holiness person. These people would teach children and were supposed to be interpreting the Bible. The superintendent of the Sunday School didn’t believe a person could go to Heaven unless they were baptized in water.  He was a Campbellite and according to their teachings if you were not baptized, you were not a child of God. The secretary was a Quaker and they believe it was a sin to be baptized in water. That was one of the old forms God had delivered us from, and we were supposed to do away with that. How do you think they could teach a child the TRUE WAY of God when they went in two different ways or opposite directions? They represented two different ways; two different beliefs.

 

Now, Friend, the churches in the Bible were not like these denominations or sects. The Bible says the sects are of the world or of the flesh. It simply means men following after their own fleshly thoughts and their fleshly ambitions of their own ideas and getting few followers after themselves. That is the meaning of the so-called religions of today. But the true child of God turns against and walks a different path from that. 

 

This morning before coming to the meeting, I was wondering if in the short time we have together here it would be possible to point out the difference between God's TRUE WAY of service and the FALSE WAY that the Devil and men have always followed from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation. We read of two different ways, two different roads which are supposed to lead to Heaven. We know that Cain and Able represented two different ways. We know that Cain is typical of the FALSE WAY all through the Bible. We know that the New Testament speaks of those who are walking in the way of Cain, and we know that even in our day people are going in the way of Cain. Then we know that Abel is typical of the RIGHT WAY. It says in Hebrews, “He being dead yet speaketh.”  He is mentioned as one of the first who walked the Way of Faith. Now for instance you might almost put it this way, that is the way that leads to Heaven and it is the Way of faith; the way that Abel walked, the way that Enoch walked and Abraham and Moses walked, and that the Way of Faith means believing what God has said and never question it. That is how Abel got saved and the ones get to Heaven as Abel did and serve God as he did and will be with the Lord in Heaven, are those who are willing to believe what God has said. When they have done that, then that is the end of the whole matter to them. That does away with tradition. It does away with their own thoughts, with past teachings. It cleans up everything. Is it enough that God has said it? I believe it and I do it? That is what it means to walk in the Way of Faith. You are willing to forfeit ever in doing it.

 

Now the other Way is a wide way, a way that looks very good and that seems right in the eyes of the world. But it is to the Way of believing in God.  It is walking in your own way.  It is doing what looks good in your own eyes, in other words. It is like the tree of knowledge which was a tree of good and evil. It is a mixture of the two.  You know sometimes people go to the meetings and listen and think to themselves, “It is true,” yet in their hearts they will say “'What is the difference?”  What is the difference in this Way of serving God and any other Way? I have known people to sit all through the meetings and after they were over, when asked what they thought about them, would say they were very good and have nothing against them but they could not see where they were very different from a lot of other Ways. Well, Friend, if you get to look into the inner part of it, if you are one of those who have God's understanding and perception, you will recognize that there is a mighty gulf between the TWO WAYS.

 

Now God's TRUE CHURCH is all the churches you read about here. I might say that this is the be­ginning of the Church of God. We have Scripture for this. The number of epistles where it says the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Himself being the Chief Cornerstone. There are a great many people today who say they are building on the right foundation and they can go to church and go their own way and think their own thoughts, but the scripture says that the True Foundation we are building upon is the Foundation of the Prophets and Apostles, Jesus himself being the Chief Cornerstone and all the other stones are knit together. That means that Jesus is the one that is the rule for the building. The others are those who go out and live their lives in the Way Jesus sent his disciples.

 

Now do you believe, Friend, that there is any likeness between the modern preachers that preach for a sect or de­nomination and the Apostles that we read about in the New Testament?  Is there any similarity in them?  Could you believe that Friend?  Did you ever try to look up in the Scripture and see the description that is given us of a FALSE PREACHER, and the description of a TRUE PREACHER and then did you ever try to think which of these is the manner I believe in?  Or wonder if any of you could tell what chapter in the four Gospels describes for us very plainly the outstanding characteristics of a FALSE PREACHER?  Some of you have heard that often and maybe you are very familiar with it.

 

Can anyone of you tell me what chapter in the gospels most clearly describes the characteristics of a FALSE PREACHER?  One that does not walk in God's TRUE WAY yet preaches? (Matthew 23) Can you tell a chapter in the gospels that describes a TRUE PREACHER? The 10th chapter of Matthew; 10th Chapter of Luke and the 10th chapter of John. There are quite a number of other places also that describe a TRUE PREACHER.  I wonder if any of you ever took the trouble to look up to see which of these you belong to, and say to yourself, “Which does the one I believe in come nearest to?”  Matthew 10 tells about people going out to preach. It says they went out not having any worldy goods or possessions. They went as sheep among wolves. They went out to be misunderstood by the world. They went out to give their lives, and give it freely and gladly. Jesus told them, “If any of you lose your life for my sake and the Gospel's, you will keep it unto life Eternal.”

 

I have told you often before that when I was a boy I had a notion of being a preacher and I started in that way. If I had kept on, I believe I would have been one. But I am very glad I did not. I got the notion of being a preacher when I was in my teens. I started to study that line and got some encouragement in it and the ones that encouraged me were the leaders of the denomination I belonged to.  All of a sudden I began to draw out. Something began to trouble me and to tell me it wasn't all right. I did not know why I was drawing out, but I thought I could not go on. Then they began to appeal to me, and wanted to know what was the matter and I ought not to stop. But not one of them appealed to me as Jesus appealed to the men that He wanted to become preachers. Some tried to show me what a nice job it would be, what honor I would receive. Some showed me that even though there might not be as much money in it as in business, it was a high position in the world and everyone would look up to me. But none of them said the words that Jesus said, “Go and preach the Gospel - lose your life, get nothing, have no money, have no place in the world, have no honor, have nothing but to be disappointed and rejected and then you will inherit in Eternity."  They could not say that to me because they were not doing it themselves, they were in it for what they could get out of it; the high offer and high place in the world.  Read on in those other chapters we spoke about. Take for instance the 10th chapter of John's Gospel. It shows you that one of the special things that is mentioned about a TRUE PREACHER is that He gives His life for the sheep. He never holds anything back.

 

Jesus said of Himself, "I am the Good shepherd. The Good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. The hireling fleeth because he is a hireling and careth not for the sheep.”  He is in it for his own gain, for his own interest, but Jesus said, “I gave my life for the sheep.”  I don't seek anything for myself. You might say, “'Did anyone except Jesus lay down his life?” If you don't believe it read the record of Peter, Paul, John, James and others and you will find that those men could say, “I don't seek yours but I seek you.” They could say to their converts, “I was not only willing to preach the Gospel to you, but I was willing to give you my own life because you were dear unto me.”

 

A TRUE PREACHER of the Gospel is one who goes out walking in that lonely way, willing to be nothing, willing to be misunderstood, having no place in the world, glad to live their lives as Jesus did, glad to make their lives of no account down here, with the sure and certain hope in their hearts that they will receive the reward “on that great day.” If I lose my life now, I will preserve it unto Life Eternal and get the reward in Heaven. But when you come to Matthew 23 you get a picture of the marks of a FALSE PREACHER. You can read it yourselves.  It says they love the salutations in the market places; they love to have the chief seats in the synagogues. It says they like to have the prominent place when they go to the feasts. They are after what they can get for themselves and only put burdens upon others when God meant them to be burden bearers. Instead of relieving people of their sorrows they only make them worse. Now you can see Friend, the marks of the two and these two are as far apart as the two poles are to each other.

 

You might put it this way. Look at the man who fills the highest place in Christ’s Kingdom today. You know what his name is and you don't have to speculate in any way to know where he sits. You know he has his home in Rome. He sits there in a palace and he has windows in his palace for every day in the year. He sits in a golden chair. You know he has honor and glory and power over the kingdoms of the world. You know how they all more or less have to submit to him. He makes them believe that that is THE RIGHT AND TRUE WAY.

 

Well, Friend, if you want to know if it is THE RIGHT AND TRUE WAY or not, I ask you to look at Calvary. Look at that lowly humble man that was born in a manger. I ask you to look at Him who walked this way despised and rejected, who bore the cross and died there and was nothing and nobody. Well you say that was just for Him. He did not mean for His followers to be like that. Did He not say, "If any man will serve me let him follow me?”  Let him be the same as I am. Didn't He say it was enough for His servants to be like their Master? Didn't He say you must live your life as I have lived mine? Didn't He say if ye were of the world the world would love its own, but because ye are not of the world and I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. You will have no place and be nothing in the world.

 

I wonder if it is clear in your minds what is really in these two foundations. To begin with, the preachers are far apart. The one seeks for honor and recognition in this world and some do it very honestly and sincerely perhaps; and sincerely as Saul of Tarsus did. They think that is the way to do God' s work. They are filling a high place and getting honor and recognition in this world at the expense of God and people think that is the way to get to Heaven today. The other preacher takes Jesus as his pattern! I want to be in this world like my Master was. I don't want to own a home as the clergy does. I don't want any of this world's goods, I only want to live my life like Jesus did and suffer for Him. 

 

Now as there is a difference in the preachers.  There is a difference in those who profess to believe in the preaching.  After all, what we believe in is a very particular thing.  Anybody who puts very much stock in what you talk about and believe in, if that belief does not work some change in their hearts and lives and manner of living, there is not much sincerity in their hearts. No honest person can believe a certain thing without it making a radical difference or change in their lives. It alters their whole life. Jesus puts that very clear, too. He said that the tree is known by its fruits and if we make a tree good the fruit will be good, also. But if the tree is bad so also is the fruit. As those who follow Jesus so are those also that believe on Him, likewise. Those who believe on the preacher of the world will be like him, because a good thee cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. Jesus said, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”

 

They say, “What is the difference in THIS WAY of worshipping God and the world’s way? What is the difference between having a building put up to worship God in and you worshipping in the home? What is the difference in having a preacher who is paid to say what he does by some organization made by man, and you meeting together in the home as a family?"  Well I will tell you the difference. One is God's revealed Way and the other is a way made by man to suit his own selfish desires. That is the difference in the two.

 

You have often noticed in reading the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, how it speaks about high places in the world. You remember how they always sought to get into those high places in the world. You remember also how it tells of Balaam whom Balak the king of Moab sent to curse the Children of Israel because he heard whom Balaam blessed was blessed and whom he cursed was cursed. When Balaam refused to go the first time he sent unto him princes more honorable than before, with a promise to promote him (Balaam}to great honor in his kingdom. Then when Balaam went, Balak took him up to a high mountain to offer up sacrifices and curse the children of Israel. But something kind of moved Balaam and he could not say what he wanted to and instead of cursing the Children of Israel, he could only bless them. God was angry with Balaam because he bought the high place and went against His will. It tells afterwards that he was killed when his country was at war.

 

The FALSE WAYS of  worshipping God have always filled a high and prominent place in the world, and it is the same today as it was in New Testament times. Matthew 23 tells about the FALSE PREACHERS who always filled a high place. They always had an honorable place. They were always trying to make money and working to get recognition in the world, but those in the TRUE WAY of God, it can be said, “The world knows us not because it knew Him not."  They don't recognize them or take any stock in them because they do not understand it. The Children of God in this world mind their own business. They are always loyal citizens of whatever country they live in. They are never law-breakers or disturbers of the peace and they are never outwardly bad. They are always obedient to the rulers and governors of the country but at the same time they are never very much taken stock of as a people and never fill a very prominent place in the world. They do not fill because they look for honor from God; they look for eternal things.

 

What is the TRUE WAY preached in the world today for? Well, it is preached in the hope that when the devil has done his worst for this world, he will only have prepared the way for Jesus the Son of God to come again, to reign in this earth and bring His people with Him. He will reign here according to the way the Bible says. That is why the Children of God do not have the same interest in politics as those in the world and other things of the world. They do not take the interest in the things of the world or have the enthusiasm that others have because their hope is not in these things. Their hope is in the world to come.

 

A great many people hope for great things from this war (1918) in the world and it would be a very sad thing to think that so much blood was shed and so many lives lost and so much suffering born, and no good come of it. I believe myself that there will be an improvement along certain lines. I believe there will be some wrongs righted and on some respects it will be a blessing but it makes no matter what the outcome is if it will not bring about what God has His heart set on, because that can never come about until Jesus Christ himself reigns upon this earth. That is what the True Christians look forward to.

 

It is a sad thing to see many people when we speak about that, who are filled with curiosity which leads them to specu­late as to when He coming and in what year He is coming. Whenever you see that man­ifested in people, you know they are not of God's building. They have lost the plans of God on the subject.  It tells in the Bible that it was never God's plan to reveal to people the details of when He would come, and of all the exact facts.  Way back in the book of Daniel it tells of Daniel having the desire of looking in and to learn a little more than what God showed him; and the Lord said that He would shut up the words and seal the book even to the time of the end. These things would happen in the appointed time. You will stand in your lot at the end of days and get your reward.

 

Then in New Testament times we have evidence stronger than this because Jesus said, “It is not given to you to know the time and season.” It is not God's will that you should pry into that. Your part here is to know how to live faithful and to bear the true testimony and to have the hope in your heart. He may come when you live, but if he does not, it makes no difference. If I do have to live my life here and die before He comes, I know from the Scriptures that when He does come I will be raised, for it says, those who are dead in Christ shall be raised first, then those who live and remain unto His coming. There are TWO WAYS in which we can show our folly. The worst way is of the folly of morbid curiosity to try to find out things that God did not mean you to know. The other is that you ignore and forget it altogether and miss the encouragement. 



We have been speaking, each one of us, in the meetings about how needful it is to keep before us what we are living for and what is ahead of us. It is an inheritance incorruptible and unde­filed that fadeth not away, reserved in Heaven for us. How sad it is when we get down to think we are just serving God because we want to escape Hell. My Friend, there is something more than that. When Jesus wanted to encourage His disciples, He did not give them great promises of what they would get in this world. When Peter one day said, “Lord, we have left all and followed thee, what shall we receive?” Jesus said, “Ye that have left all [TYPIST NOTE:  “that have left all” is not in the KJV verse Matthew 19:29 GW is quoting] and followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”  That is what is before them. It says over and over again in another parable. You remember He said that when He comes back and finds that faithful servant who gave the portion of meat in due season, “Blessed is that Servant whom His Lord when He cometh shall find so doing.  He will make him ruler over all that he hath.” The servant who also had received five talents and earned five more was told, “I will make you ruler over many things because thou hast been faithful over a few things. Enter into the joy of thy Lord.” He encouraged them in this way. There is a day coming when you will get the fullness of your reward, when you will live and reign with Jesus.

 

Do you think it is strange that some of us today do not take stock in acquiring property in this world? Do you think it strange we don't even fill any political position or other high positions in the world? Do you think we are troubled because we are despised and rejected and looked down upon and as nobody in this world? No we are not, for like Moses we have respect unto the recompense of the reward. One day the tables will be turned. Now it is the high places the others fill. The high places of the world. THE LORD’S WAY is the low way, a low down and despised place.

 

But this Book teaches us that there is a day coming when Jesus will come to reign and those who have suffered with Him will reign with Him. They will fill the high places and those who took their own way, who followed their pride and folly will have no part in it at all. We sometimes say that God is working in us to perfect that character that would make us fit to be useful in His Kingdom.  What use do you think God would have in His kingdom for a proud, selfish, greedy, scornful, worldly, headstrong person? Do you think He would have any use for him?  Do you think He could put him on a throne to reign with Him? Do you think He would have any use for someone like Paul was before he got saved? Or a preacher who loves honor and pleasure and a big name for himself in this world? Do you think He would have any use for that kind of a person?

 

The two Angels told the Disciples, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus which was taken up into Heaven shall He come in like manner as ye have seen Him?”  He will come back the same as He went away and will be the lowly one, the humble one, the meek one. Then the ones who have none of these great places in the world are the ones who will reign with Him. They are the ones who let Him rule and reign in their hearts and lives, were willing to be nobody in this world. If you want to have a place in the Millennium get your hearts set for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus and seek to be like Him.

 

Now I say that there is a great difference between the TWO WAYS, and there is also a difference between the ones who walk in the TWO WAYS. One keeps Jesus as their pattern in this world and the other keeps the high places of the world, the fame and glory of men for their pattern. The great men of the world are also different in their manner of worshipping God. One seeks recognition in the world and a worldly building and the other one gladly meets in the lowly place.

 

Did you ever notice, Friend, that after you got saved you were tempted at times to be ashamed of the way you are walking? Perhaps they will ask you where you are going Sunday. What are you going to say? What kind of a church do you belong to? Then you kind of stumble around trying to explain what church you belong to, or are with, what kind of way you are worshipping in and you kind of feel ashamed and don't know what to say. They say you must be an odd one; you must be mighty lonesome in that church meeting. "What kind of a preacher do you have?" they ask. What do you do? I have seen people, after they got saved, have a hard time introducing a preacher to their high up relatives. It took much courage on their part. It was not so hard to introduce the good-look­ing preachers but, some of the more common looking ones, it was hard to introduce.

 

I have seen them turn and you could see the blood begin to come up. When you see that, you realize they are trying to cover something over. Why is it that man so big and brave and bold as he goes around telling I believe in this sect or that sect or why should he feel so ashamed of the TRUE WAY?  Why should he be so weak and why should it be that those who walk in the Lord's TRUE WAY sometimes feel a reproach when they are laughed at and mocked by the world. It should be, Friend, because the Bible says it should be.

 

What does it mean when it says, "For the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despised the shame and set down at the right hand of the throne of God?"  He says that He bore the reproach for the joy that was set before Him. He was willing to stand the reproach for He knew that He would set down at the right hand of the throne of God for doing it. You should be glad to be in something where you are not in a high place in the world, but where you are being despised for God. That is part of the reproach that belongs to the cross, and if we don't have the reproach of the cross, we will not have the power of it in our lives. I hope we will be glad when we feel that dirty, mean feeling coming over us that makes us feel like backing out some way.  You can say, “It is the test of my faith, I will not yield to it. I will confess His name.”  That is the way to overcome it.

 

Now in speaking about the difference in the Saints, there is a great difference in the way you start in the TWO WAYS. It has been spoken in the meetings already and it is hardly necessary to repeat it. In starting in the FALSE WAY, it is a very easy thing. One brother here was telling this week of some of his unsaved friends; that when he began to walk in God's TRUE WAY did not like it.  "They were not very religious," he said.  "But they did not like it anyway and said, 'If you had gone and joined some of the other sects we would not have said a thing. Nobody would have thought a thing about it, but to be identified with and go in with people of that sort, you have made a fool of yourself.'"  They did not like that and could not understand it.

 

There is a great difference in the way you begin. You can join THE WRONG WAY SECT and there is no reproach connected with it, there is no strong opposition and no battle in your heart. But to begin in God's TRUE WAY, Friend, there is ­awful strong opposition; sometimes on behalf of your choice, from your own people. There is an awful fight that has to be fought in getting the victory over your own old pride and selfish human nature, bringing into subjection your members unto God. When you start to walk in it, there is a great difference because as has been said already in the meetings, THE WAY OF THE LORD, THE TRUE WAY OF THE LORD is always a way of sacrifice; and the FALSE WAY is a way of pleasure and of pleasing oneself. THE WAY OF THE LORD is the Way of sacrifice. It begins by sacrifice and ends with sacrifice. You have to present your bodies a living sacrifice, begins by taking up the cross and continue taking it up right up to the end of the journey and to continue to sacrifice. When you cease to sacrifice, then there will be nothing in your life.

 

We heard about a woman who once professed in the TRUE WAY. She went to the meetings for a while. She used to come to the Sunday morning meetings and give her testimony. The principle thing she emphasized was that she was so glad she had found God's TRUE WAY and came into it. Because she said when she belonged to the Methodist church she had to pay one dollar a month and in God TRUE WAY it didn't cost a cent. She was delighted over that. Well, if it don't cost you in dollars and cents, it will cost you in something more than dollars and cents. It will be a very expensive way. Don't you be led to believe it is an easy way or a cheap way. You will find it is a very expensive way if you are true to God in THE WAY THE GOSPEL TEACHES. It goes down to the very root of life. You put yourself on God's altar, you and all yours every day. Keep giving yourself to God.

 

We spoke the other day about the different sacrifices and what they meant. You will notice when the Children of Israel honestly and truly offered their sacrifices, they had joy and gladness in their hearts and the blessing of God. I used to wonder some times why it was that there was a difference in the different sacrifices. Some times they are spoken of as an offering and sometime as a sacrifice. They say that the word sacrifice is only correctly used when blood was shed and animals were killed and that offerings while they included, blood referred more to when they offered it as a meal offering or a fruit offering.

 

Now you remember that the burnt offering was the one that went up in smoke to God. The Priests did not spare any of it. Most of the other offerings were to be divided with those who officiated. But the burnt offering went up entirely to God. It all went in smoke to God. Now that has a great many lessons in it for us. It may speak of the fact that He offered His life wholly to God. One way it speaks to me is that it means that the first of all offerings, the first of all relationship, the first of all claims are Gods. My attitude toward God my Father.

 

In the world today, there is a great deal of talk of service to more fellowmen as if you were excused from giving service to God. I was talking to a fellow last winter and he was very bitter against the Truth. He was trying to be a Camp­bellite preacher. He would not trace anything up in the Bible, but one thing he would use to try to prove he was right was that he did a great deal for the Red Cross and other good works of humanity and that that was proof that he was serving God. Don't you know that if you are of ordinary human nature that it is right to support the Red Cross, and it is right to support any thing that relieves the suffering of humanity? You will know now to do that without being a Christian. Any ordinary human being with any human feeling at all would be willing to help who is starving or suffering. When a man would talk about being a Christian and not do that he surely would be a poor type of man. He would not be worthy of the name of human or citizen of a country, much less a Christian; but this man was trying to make that an excuse for not obeying God.

 

Now the whole burnt offering means:  I give the first place, I give the best place and I give myself to God. I also seek to live in fellowship and communion with God, and lose my life for God. That is the first offering. After that comes the meal offering - then the peace offering that you have read about and others. These offerings were supposed to be divided among the Levite priests. They got a share. That means to say that when a person is offering themselves to God, it is manifested in itself; it expresses itself in their dealings with their fellowmen. If a man says that he loves God, and does not love his brother, he is a liar. If a man tells you, "I have given the whole burnt offering and I love God but I have no interest in my brethren;"  if anyone of them were sick, I would not take the trouble to visit them, I would not pray for them--it is just a lie. That is what the Bib1e says. “He that loveth not his brother who he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”  Not only that, but you could not live for God and not have a heart for the unsaved. It says “Do good to all men,” Do anything you can to help them. The first thing to do is to give yourself as a sacrifice to God in yielding all to Him. Then you are beginning to serve Him.

 

It speaks of some of the offerings as heave offerings and some as wave offerings. They took it and waved it back and forth before the altar. That was symbolical, that meant to say that in this thing that I am giving to the priests I recognize the claim of God's altar first and then I will give it to them. When they took it, they recognized the same things. Do you know, Friend, that all that would do in helping others, in helping the servants of God and the Saints of God that do not have the marks of being waved back and forth before the altar, will never bring blessing to yourself or reward from God. If you don't ha­ve in mind, “I do unto God, or I will do it unto God,” you will not find much of a reward. Every servant of God that that you read about had in his mind, “What I receive of you, I don’t  receive it as if you were giving it to me personally. It is done unto God and you do it to honor and glorify His name.”

 

It might be well to emphasize, and I would like you to all understand this before we go on, because a great many people start in God's TRUE WAY and make a terrible mistake along this line. The result is that, after awhile, they give it up in discouragement and disgust and they become worse than before. We recognize today, Friend, that nothing that you give to God's servants through a servant or a saint which is not given as unto the Lord means nothing for you. While you do a great deal to some whom you like or flatter you or please you, it only feeds your own selfish nature. Instead of bring blessing, it brings cursing to you. When you get slack in these things you will find that you fail to have God in your life. It is possible for us to start out all right and start making the offering and all that but it is another thing to keep it up. I would not hesitate to say that all the trials that have come into our lives during the past year have been the result of us not every morning putting ourselves afresh on God's altar, yielding ourselves fully to Him again. I would not hesitate to say that because we have not been willing to give this offering and yield all we have to God and keep yielding to Him is why that other things have crept into our lives and we have failed to hear the testimony that we might have borne.

 

When you read the history of the Children of Israel, it is awful to see how slack most of them became, even in the wilderness.  Remember when Moses went up in to the mountain to get the Commandments and had been there nearly 40 days and he got the tables of stone written by the finger of God. God had to tell him to go off the mount for the people had corrupted themselves. When he went down, he found that they had made a golden calf and danced around it amusing themselves. He broke the tables of stone and ground the golden calf and made them drink the water he had mixed it with. You remember how Paul referred to that instance?  He said, “The people sat down to eat and rose up to play.”  Now I wonder if we could get home to our heart what that means to us.  Is it possible that any of us in this room today can look back to the time when we were ever all right, offered the whole burnt offering; when we could ever look back at the time when we kept nothing back from God?