Tom Young - Airdrie Special Meetings - Morning Meeting, 2006

Hymn 93, “I Have Only One Life”

It has been wonderful to get back to this field again where I have worked in the past and it’s wonderful to see so many of you still plodding on.  It’s so very encouraging.  I was thinking of some special events that I have never forgotten.  The first is when I professed in Didsbury in 1952.  Another is when I left my job in Lacombe and started out in the work from Didsbury with Andrew Drummond. We rode our bikes to Black Diamond and began our first mission that year. These are all special memories — events that I’ll never forget.


I Peter 1:13-14, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.”  Peter used this little word as, which just means like obedient children.  Peter was not as well educated as many but he learned from Jesus.  That phrase as obedient children was not spoken by accident by Peter, for dear children are obedient children.  As children grow up, rebellion is bound up in the hearts of young people and they become independent and want their own way.  We were in a home once where the little girl asked her mother, “Am I good?” And her mother replied, “You are a dear sweet girl, and you are very good.”  There is a wonderful safety in obedience.  Sin will take us further from obedience then we ever want to go.


I’ll tell you the story of a young teenage girl, in the field where we have been labouring, who ran away from home.  She became mixed up with the wrong kind of friends and was led astray by them.  The outcome was she ran away from a wonderful home.  She told us later, that the first day away from her family she realized she was wrong and wished she had listened to her mother. In time, that girl found her way back home, and we had some meetings and tried to help her. She is now a beautiful picture of repentance and has made a wonderful recovery from her mistake, but has wept many bitter tears because of her past actions.  If only I had listenedIf only.  Many things have worried that young woman since she has repented, and finally she came to us with her concerns and asked if she should tell the young man she was seeing for fear he might hear it from someone else. Or if she eventually married and had children, should she tell them. She has many regrets.  Young people, let your parents help you, for they will help you to submit.  Tharold Sylvester once said if parents only studied their children as much as children study their parents, there would be more success stories.  My friends, break your children’s will, but don’t break their bones.


Verse 18, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers.”  Silver and gold is corruptible and doesn’t last.  An old prospector once told us that fool’s gold looks ten times better than real gold and where’s there’s fool’s gold, there’s lots of it!  There are many different kinds of gold in the world but we want the gold that never decays.  There is a difference between fool’s gold and real gold.  Once, a boat sailed from Europe and sailed right into Hudson’s Bay and dropped anchor. Those men went ashore and found gold, lots and lots of gold!  So they loaded up their boat until it was dangerously laden, and then sailed back to Europe and found out that the gold they had laboured for was completely worthless. They had thought they would be very, very rich. Fool’s gold is a good imitation of real gold, but it’s brighter and shinier and has no imperfections.  Real gold has tiny little flecks throughout and it isn’t as bright or as shiny as fool’s gold.  But remember…where there’s fool’s gold there is plenty of it — but at the end of the journey of life, across the sea, it’s worthless.


Verse 19, “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”  When the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron back in Exodus 12, He told all the congregation of Israel to take a lamb for a house.  The lamb was to be without blemish and was to be kept in the house until the fourteenth day, and then sacrificed.  There is no such thing as a naturally occurring lamb without blemish — there is always a little dark hair or some little scar or blemish found upon a lamb. Christ our Redeemer is the only lamb without a blemish and we can be so thankful for His precious blood that cleanses us from all sin.


Verse 24, “For ALL FLESH IS AS GRASS, AND ALL THE GLORY OF MAN AS THE FLOWER OF GRASS.  THE GRASS WITHERETH, AND THE FLOWER THEREOF FALLETH AWAY.”  Grass is not durable; it’s here today and gone tomorrow and what I understand about the flower of the grass is, it’s fresh and beautiful in the morning but by nighttime, it has shriveled up and died.  That helps to remind us of our need of putting into our life something of worth, for they are so short.  May God help us labour for these treasures of worth.


Chapter 2:2, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” A grandma once visited her newborn granddaughter, two days’ old, and said that nothing satisfied her when she was crying except some milk. You could pick her up and hold her and try to comfort her, but that didn’t help.  You could have put a million dollars in the crib beside her, or given her every toy ever made, but the only thing that baby wanted was milk. I have appreciated this past year making a little study of all the different places in the scripture where food and drink is found.  We all know that we must have food and drink to live, and God knows this too.  Right from the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation, you’d be surprised at the many, many references made to food and drink.  In the Garden of Eden, God put many things there to satisfy hunger: plants and herbs and trees good for food, and a river of water, etc.  But in its midst was the tree of knowledge of good and evil and Adam and Eve were not to partake of it.  In the 22nd chapter of Revelation, we read of the twelve manner of fruits, the pure river of water, etc. — things we can feed on and things to be left alone:  taste not, touch not, handle not.


There is order in God’s house too.  Back in Exodus, at the time of the Passover Feast, there were 15 different things those people had to do:  1) every man was to take a lamb which was without blemish; 2) to be kept until the fourteenth day of the month before it was killed; 3) they were to take the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of their houses; 4) they were to eat the flesh in the night; 5) not raw, etc…; 6) nothing was to remain until morning; 7) they were to burn it with fire; 8) with loins girded, shoes on their feet, and staff in hand; 9) it was to be eaten in haste; 10) it was to be a feast to the Lord; 11) they were to put away any leaven; 12) and observe the feast of unleavened bread; 13) they were to eat unleavened bread; 14) and take a bunch of hyssop; and 15) observe this thing for an ordinance.  Our God is a God of order.


Exodus 16, Food, in the form of manna, was sent to the Children of Israel — a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.  This was the bread from the Lord that was given them to eat.  It was their daily food and it took a lot of bending and kneeling to pick each kernel up.  We must be diligent in bowing and bending to get our daily bread to sustain these spiritual lives of ours.


I Kings 17:4-7, “And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there."  So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord; for he went and dwelt by the book Cherith, that is before Jordan.  And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.  And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”  These verses were speaking of a time in Elijah’s life when he was running for his life and had gone to sleep beneath a juniper tree, wishing he could die.  But God came and told him to rise and eat; the journey is too great for thee.  God still had lots to show that man.


In Psalms 23 we read of the green pastures, the still waters, the table prepared in the presence of David’s enemies, the oil and the cup that runneth over.  In the Songs of Solomon, there are over 100 places where food and drink is spoken of.  Read through this book sometime and see if you can find all the places relating to food and drink.  We must always feed on those things that allow us to grow and flourish and get back to the basics and choose what to partake of and what to refuse.  In Zechariah, you will notice the word fast just means feasting.  The more we stay away from the wrong things, the more we’ll enjoy the fasting.  We want to encourage you little children today that your little part in the meeting means so much to us.  It’s just like those little fishes that boy brought and Jesus blessed and fed a multitude with.  One little girl mentioned in her testimony once, “If you are not kind, you are the wrong kind!"  I’ll always remember that, as it encouraged me.  Peter was encouraged to feed the flock of God.


I Peter 2:5, “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer the spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”  Lively stones are living stones that can be chiseled without breaking.  A dead stone is a soft stone that breaks up under the pressure of the chisel.  It’s like a defiant person — the sparks fly.


Verse 11, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”  Those people got too taken up with the land they were journeying through instead of the land they are journeying toward.


II Corinthians 6:8, “As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”  This verse fits into the New Testament Ministry today and we understand it so well.  I Peter 2:16, “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.”  We are all free to choose, but many people rebel against the thought of becoming like a servant, a captive or a slave. That hymn comes to mind:  “Lord, lead me captive to Thy will, A willing slave to Thy command…”  It’s nice to be like that — willing.


I Peter 2:25, “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”  Once we were driving down a road when a lone sheep crossed the road ahead of us and disappeared into the brush on the other side.  When we reached our destination, I asked the farmer what was the likelihood of a lone sheep finding its way back to the other sheep and the fold.  He said, “Only a miracle would allow it to get back; before nighttime the coyotes will pick that sheep off and have killed it.”  I look out over this crowd today and I see miracles sitting before me.  Did you know that you are all miracles here today?  You have found the sheepfold and we’re thankful for that.  Now I must close, but this is the little word as from a practical man’s outlook.