Ken Paginton - Aylesbury Workers' Meeting - 1988

Always talk to the person in the back seat.  Remember - there are more souls in the room than the two beneath your shoes.  It’s so much nicer to use “we” instead of “I.”

 

Talk over plans with your companion.  Avoid going off without him knowing where you are going and what you are doing.

 

Don’t use a “meeting voice.”  There is no louder voice than the voice of sincerity.

 

There are lots of things that can be said in gospel meetings that are nice and true, but they aren’t  “gospel.”  Preparing for fellowship meeting is laboring for bread; preparing for gospel meeting could be compared to sowing seed.

 

Don’t make things too complicated.  Speaking with grace, but share what Jesus really taught.  In talking with the Woman at the well, Jesus began by talking about drawing water.  When Philip talked with the eunuch, he began at the place where the eunuch was reading.  Ezekiel said, “I sat where they sat.”  Sometimes we start beyond people.  Just begin where they are.

 

The basic principles Jesus taught His disciples still apply to us today.  I’ve learned to value the correcting influence of my companion.  A great proof of our discipleship is that we love one another.  If I can’t love my companion, I have no right to expect anyone to come and listen to me.  There have been times when I could have insisted on doing it my way, but I thought, “If I just dig my heels in on this, what kind of an atmosphere will it produce?”  Prepare to give in a little bit!  A man steering his boat was keeping a straight course, but he kept turning the wheel to the left and then to the right.  When asked why he did that, he said it just took out a bit of the rolling of the waves, and we also can take some of the roll out of the waves for our companions by making adjustments, and still keep a straight course.

 

Jesus told them not to take two coats - what does that mean for us today?  It just means to keep your personal possessions down to a minimum.  Taking what is required for the mission we’re working.  In the Army, we had a kit inspection every six months, and I still do that...dumping everything out and discarding what I don’t use.

 

What does “salute no man by the way,” mean?  Just don’t be drawn into side issues, sidelines - don’t run the friends’ business - just remember what we’ve been called to do.  Some workers even get taken up with a hobby that takes too big a hold on them.

 

“Take no scrip.”  Just be careful about the way we handle money.  It’s consecrated and belongs to the Lord.  It’s easy to get careless and not think too much about how we use it.  One friend said to another friend who wanted to give money to a certain brother worker, “That’s all right - he won’t waste it.”  We need to remind ourselves to be careful.


It says of Abraham and Isaac, “so they went both of them together.”  There are two sides to our life and ministry and they have to go one together.

 

Paul said he would very gladly “spend and be spent for you.” 11 Corinthians 12:15.  We have control over how we spend money, but the money has no control over how it is spent.  So it is with our lives.  We have a certain control over how we spend them, but here’s also the side right along with it that has no say - we don’t decide what field we’re in, what companion we’ll have, etc.; we just have to be willing to spend and be spent without any rebellion.  I need the Lord’s spirit to guide my service!

 

Noah first sent out a raven, buy why did he later send the dove?  Perhaps it was because he didn’t trust the raven very much.  It is necessary to mistrust hasty human judgment and learn to wait for the Spirit’s guidance.

 

Get back to the simple way that Jesus and the apostles taught.  Become familiar with the basic teachings of the gospel.  Avoid playing on one string, picking up expressions or dwelling on one line of thought.  No bread in this.  David played on an instrument of ten strings.

 

Avoid becoming technical or professional.  We could miss the point of what Jesus taught.

 

Be reasonable about possessions.  Be simple.  Avoid having things that are a burden.

 

The worker is #1.  The worker is the backbone of the body; if the backbone is weak, the body cannot function properly.

 

1 Samuel 2. Eli’s sons were demanding the best for themselves - selfishness.  If the Lord’s people see the spirit of sacrifice in the servants, it makes their sacrifice pleasant.  Using their sacrifice for ourselves or for what does not pertain to the Kingdom could make their sacrifice unpleasant and cause them to disagree with the way we use what is theirs.

 

John 10:15-17.  It isn’t the fruit we have in a mission that wins our Father’s love, but laying down our lives.  We lay down what we would naturally live for.

 

John the Baptist was a true witness.  Pointed people to the Bridegroom.  “He must increase, but I must decrease.”  No credit to ourselves.  His people are not our sheep - they are His.  This is not our work - it is His.  Avoid making special friends and getting people taken up with ourselves.

 

Ruth 2.  The servant that was set over the reapers had once been a reaper.  Now his job was different, but having been a reaper, he could understand and help the reapers.  In this Kingdom, we are not given a place; we grow into a place.

 

Keep the right aim in the Work, at any age and in any place.  1 Timonthy 1:6.  Swerved.  Margin - some have not aimed at.  We may miss the mark at times, but if we do not aim at the mark, we will miss it much farther.


We can preach a lot about bread and still fail to have bread.

 

David did not accept the threshing floor from Ronan on his terms.  God will not accept our sacrifice on our terms.

 

Genesis 18.  The three men who came to Abraham are like the servants coming with the presence of God with them.  They left His presence with Abraham for awhile (verse 22) and they left Abraham and Sarah believing more fully in God and His promises than when they came.  It’s possible to come and go and leave behind nothing that is for eternity, it’s only wood, hay, and stubble.

 

When we read, labor to get bread, the real thing.  While we are young, we can read to get information, not necessarily a revelation.  Get familiar with the Word, get it in our mind.  Later, the Holy Spirit can bring it to life and light to us.

 

2 Samuel 8:14-15.  David was able to reign with judgment and justice because he put garrisons throughout all the land of Edom.

 

Some may ask, “Where is the limit; how far can we go?”  The sheep who have a good shepherd do not need a fence.

 

2 Timonthy 2.  The soldier, the scholar, the servant.  Paul encouraged Timothy to dedicate himself to the Word.  A soldier has things to guard.  Someone who had taught school for years said, “I have not yet met a dumb student.  He simply hasn’t met the right teacher.”  We have the right teacher.  Be a good student, keep on learning!  As a servant, be a gentle man, not striving with anyone.  Don’t strive about words.  Can get caught in the wilderness of words.  Remember the end of the commandment – a pure heart, etc.

 

Psalm 119:19 - our relationship with the world.  A stranger.  Verse 63 - relationship with the one by our side.  A companion.  Verse 125 - relationship with the Lord.  A servant.  Verse 141 - who we are.  We are small, humble.

 

True liberty is being able to serve others.

 

Joshua 3:17.  When the feet of the priests stood firm in Jordan, the waters opened up and the people were able to go forward to victory and their inheritance.

 

The virtuous woman was careful not to go to the gates where she didn’t belong, but her testimony was known in the gates.

 

Saul.  His calling, his good days.  God chose him, a choice young man, a goodly person and not a goodlier person than he was among the children of Israel.  From his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.  We need something “above the shoulders.”  Also need the right desire in our heart, but we could be “all heart” and lack wisdom.  We need very much this wisdom from God to know how to direct His people.  Saul wasn’t without something to do when he was called, but he felt that this calling was more important than what his father had for him to do.  He became another man, had a change of heart.  This comes in the work.  We have a different life than we did before.  Saul was willing to take counsel from his younger servant.  1 Samuel 9:11-12.  Where was Samuel?  The young maidens would have seen Saul was a goodly person, but they did not detain him.  Told him to go on to the place of sacrifice.  Verse 27, “Stand still awhile that I may show thee the word of God.”  Easy to get too busy, to be on the road too much, etc.  Nothing takes the place of reading and praying, fellowship with God.  What does the Lord want us to do?  Saul told his uncle about the asses, but not about the matters of the kingdom.  Some things about the Kingdom don’t belong to the world, and some things in the work that should not be told outside the work, not to a relative or anyone.  It does not help the work.  Samuel told the people the manner of the Kingdom.  A certain way to do and be that belongs to the Kingdom.  Saul had men with him whose hearts God had touched.  We desire to be with the same kind of people.  What Saul did not destroy later cried out to be fed.  He continued to fight, but because he didn’t pray, he lost the victory.

 

Leviticus 10.  Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu burned incense in their censers and offered strange fire before the Lord.  The prescription for this incense had been given to Moses and nothing was to be added to it.  Nadab and Abihu did add something to it that caused this strange fire.  Verse 2 - a quick answer from the Lord.  Verse 3 - Aaron held his peace.  No answer, no question about why this had to happen.  It was an answer from God and Aaron did not question.  If something would be introduced that is new or different from what God has commanded, it is strange fire.  “That which we have heard from the beginning.”  Exodus 19:3.  The Lord would be sanctified to His people thru those who would come near Him, thru the priests.  Nadab and Abihu failed to do this. Numbers 20:12.  Moses and Aaron called the Lord’s people rebels and said, “Must we fetch you water out of this rock?”  They failed to sanctify the Lord to His people and they didn’t believe Him.  Psalm 106:32-33.  He spoke unadvisedly with his Lips.  It wasn’t that he smote the rock twice, but it was what he said that caused God’s wrath.  They called God’s people “rebels” and then God called them rebels.  In the New Testament when we read of Jesus being transfigured, Moses was in the center of that occasion.  He was not disqualified from his place in heaven, but he lost a wonderful privilege.