And they called Rebekah, and said to her, Will you go with this man? And she said, I will go.
I. AN EXCELLENT SERVANT. In the early days of the Jews, when a servant loved his master, he sometimes said to him, "I will not leave thee: I will serve thee all my days." The master then placed the man-servant against his door-post, and bored his ear through with an awl, as a token that he should serve him for ever. We are not told whether or not Abraham's servant had passed through this ceremony, but it is certain that he was one of the most faithful of servants. Now, beloved brethren, you have not to undergo any outward ceremony in order to become a servant of God. There are some who believe that partaking of the Lord's Supper, and being baptized, are processes by which we become the Lord's people. On the contrary, when we become His servants, we then, because we are servants, do the Lord's will in these two matters. Then, if you would become a servant of God, the first process must be an inward desire. "My child, give Me thine heart," saith the Lord. The Christian is a servant of the Lord, and, as such, gives up himself, body, spirit, and soul, to do the will of his Heavenly Father. He is a consecrated vessel filled with the Spirit of the Almighty.
1. This servant of Abraham was a trusted one. All that his master had was placed in his keeping. Beloved servants of the Lord, what a blessing I what a privilege! what an enjoyment I to possess the fulness of God! Seek it; pray for it; believe it; and God shall pour His fulness into your being. Then, surely your lives, like the angels of heaven, shall be shrines for the indwelling of love. The providence of God sent across my path some years ago a thief who had been in prison above twenty times, and who had been twice in penal servitude. I could find no work for him here, because he was well known, and therefore I sent him across the ocean to America, but his character followed him, and he was returned to England. At length we obtained work for him out of Manchester; and he turned out to be a faithful servant. One day the manager of the works was removing his goods to a new house, and the mistress — who did not know what the man had been — called him, saying, "John, this basket contains all our silver; will you please be very careful about it, and carry it to the new house." I said to the man, "And what did you do? " He replied "When I got outside, I looked into the basket and saw the silver shining. I lifted it up, and it felt very heavy." "Well, what did you do then? " He said, "I cried, because I was trusted." Of course, he carried it safely. Brethren, God knows the past sin of our lives, yet He takes us into His service and trusts us with human souls, bidding us to take them to the mansion in heaven.
2. The servant of Abraham was under a special vow. And are not all who are servants of God under a vow to render faithful service? A mother whose son was about to leave her to fight the battles between the Northern and Southern States of America, was called into her bedroom on the morning of his departure. She, weeping upon his neck and kissing him, bade him farewell; and drawing from her finger a ring which she prized exceedingly, she kissed it and placed it upon his finger, saying, "Promise me, my son, that you will not touch any intoxicating liquors whilst you are away." And he, looking at the ring, on which was the motto, "Never forget," kissed his mother and made the vow. When he joined the army, he manfully resisted the temptations of his comrades; but at length enticed beyond his strength, he went with them to the canteen. Lifting the foaming liquor to his mouth, he saw his mother's ring, and his conscience smote him. He dropped the glass upon the table, and rushing out, he prayed to God to forgive him and to help him to keep his promise. On the evening of that day, when the battle was over, he was found wounded and dying with his mother's ring pressed to his lips. Brethren, you also have made a vow not only to your parent, but to your God. And if the promise made to our earthly parents has such a power for good over us, how much more the promise we have made to our Heavenly Father! Brethren, will you not keep the vow? Will you not re-resolve it?
3. Abraham's servant was a believer. "O Lord God of my master Abraham." How sweet it is when the employer can lead the employed to God!
4. Abraham's servant believed in the Lord's presence. Beloved, our Saviour is not dead. He is here. All who are the Lord's servants have the inward testimony that Jesus Christ is a Saviour nigh at hand.
5. He believed in the Lord's guidance. If we acknowledge God in all our ways, He has promised to direct our paths. In Abraham's servants, we have an example of a man who trusted God. Brethren, trust Him also. Wherever you go your Father is with you; your path may be dark; but your Father holds your hand. The chart of every day's journey is before your God, and when you stand in the sunshine of heaven you shall then see that His hand did really direct your course. Go on!
6. This servant judged his errand to be more important than himself. He would not partake of food until he had told the mission on which he was sent. Brethren, we should not consider ourselves more important than the work which Christ has given us to do. Let us pray for grace to be enabled with Paul to say, "For me to live is" — not myself — but "Christ." Our purpose is to be conformed to the image of God's dear Son, and to live in the spirit of His loving life.
7. His heart was in it. In crossing over the Atlantic Ocean once, on the second day of the voyage, an unfortunate fellow was pulled up from the hold — a "stowaway." Desiring to go to America, and being too poor to pay his passage, he hid himself on board the ship. But the captain said, "You must work out your passage now that you are here." He was set to wash the decks, and do other rough work on the ship, but I noticed the man had no heart in it; he did it because he was compelled. How different with the true sailors! When they ran up the rigging they sang out with delight, and did their work with all their heart. It did one good to hear the hearty song of the man up near the top of the mast, but the hang-dog look of the stowaway caused gloom in the midst of sunshine. NOW, brethren, do your work for Christ with all your heart; put your soul into it; do it with enthusiasm. It is the earnest men only who succeed in temporal things; and it is only God's earnest ones who bring in a plentiful harvest to the heavenly barn. Servants of God, awake! awake! When you speak to people about their souls, let them see that you mean it.
II. AN IMPORTANT QUESTION. Rebekah was asked, "Will you go with this man?" And now I ask you, will you come with us to heaven? God gives every one of us at some period of our lives an opportunity of becoming His servants. It is said that "time and tide come to every man once in his life." I feel persuaded that salvation's tide has come to your very heart, and that every one of you may enter Christ's lifeboat and sail with us to paradise. This is your opportunity. Do not reject it.
III. THE LOVING ANSWER. Will you not say, as did Rebekah to Abraham's servant, "I will go." Have you ever thought when you have read this chapter of the meeting? Isaac was walking in the field at eventide, and whilst he meditated, he lifted up his eyes and beheld the camels on their return, and noticed that all of them carried burdens. His heart filled with joy, and he said, "She is come." Will you come? Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world I Trust Him.
Parallel VersesKJV: And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.