First, I want to say that I count it an honor and privilege to serve the Lord with these two men, who have partaken in bringing me to this point. I enjoy their fellowship in the ministry of Jesus Christ. They have taught and exemplified to me to know the content of the Scriptures and to be strong in it. I appreciate their endorsement of God’s Word and the practice thereof.
The Master of Divinity trains a person to be more efficient in the ministry of the Lord, providing a framework of knowledge and resourcefulness to find the answers to the most neglected questions, but yet the most needed ones. The divinity from our church is not about mere religion and catechisms, but examination and carefulness of Scriptural and historical doctrine with the intent of distribution to others for their benefit and God’s greater glory. It concerns the application of theology to live illustrations. It concerns deeper consideration of one’s beliefs from Scripture, requiring him to live out the life of God’s ministry. Its benefit to me is beyond compare. But why did I choose this master? What makes it so great? What would drive me to learn and master this level of true doctrine?
Even though I know that this divinity will take me no where higher and no where nobler in this world that values the interests of mortal man more than the interests of the eternal God, will bring me no earthly eloquence, elegance, and extravagance, and will allot me no handsome career according to man’s commendation, this I know, it will leave me able to perform a career that cannot be measured by the values of earth—the career of the Lord Jesus Christ, who taught the truth of the Scriptures, brought the gospel of the Kingdom everywhere He went, fought the errors of man-made religion, and sought to rescue wearied ones from the oppression of sin and devilish religion. The career of Christ is a much higher and nobler work, issued by heaven’s throne, and not by man’s own will, esteemed by the One who sits upon that throne, and most hated by the greatest enemy the world will ever know.
If any man were to think less of this master, I want him to remember that a medical doctor can save only a human body, but the career of Christ can save a human soul forever; a lawyer can change a criminal to only a prisoner, but the truth can change a criminal to a Christian; a firefighter can save a man from only a house of fire, but the truth can save a man from the fires of hell; an astronomer knows only the stars of the universe, but I know what’s beyond the universe; an archaeologist knows only the artifacts of the past, but I know the Architect of the past; and a soldier knows how to fight only a war, but I know how to fight the war that will end all wars. This is the career I am trained to do, to give man the answers he doesn’t want to hear, but the only answers that will allow him to see reality and the better meaning of his existence to God.
It is time to quit chasing dreams that die and start chasing reality that remains reality. It is time to cancel slumber parties, and to work the service of the Lord until the day dawns upon us. It is time to leave behind the fading glories of day and night and to learn the eternal glorious light of a new heaven and a new earth. Instead of being a resident in this Sleepy Hollow of death, why not be an ambassador passing through and onward to the New Jerusalem? Instead of taking my fill on a midnight snack, why not work up my appetite for the marriage feast of the Lamb of God? The ministry of Christ’s work deserves a flood of life, not drizzles of time; a hurricane, not a small breeze of wind; an earthquake of mass destruction, not little tremors on the Richter scale; a tsunami, not small ripples of a quiet lake; a burning forest, not a little camp fire at night; a wild tempest, not just another day of overcast.
If I had any goal, any ambition in life, it would be the career of Christ. I don’t expect to be some great name on earth, but I do expect to be a basic carrier of the truth. I don’t expect amazing miracles and experiences to occur, besides the conversion of souls to Christ, but I do expect a biblical Christianity. I don’t expect breath-taking effects or paramount results, but I do expect a bold certainty and blazing continuance in the ministry. I may not be the Shakespeare of writing, or the General MacArthur of war, or the Bill Gates of Microsoft; but I will always be me, a trained worker in the career of Christ, another graduate from the “school of the prophets,” another fisher of the souls of men among fishermen. I know, according to Scripture, that being me is all God needs to accomplish His work; and if I at any moment in life appear to be great, observe it as the glorious career of Christ, that shines into the dark, confounds the wise, and wins the victory.