Sent Ones

Sent Ones

So Send I You

(An updated version will be published soon)

“There was a man sent from God,
whose name was John…”
John 1:6

Sent. The call of God unto each of us is for the purpose of Him sending us into the lives of others. The one in the hospital, the neighbor, the friend whom we may have never got around to sharing Jesus with, the business associate, the lost, the crippled, and the rich person who has all they could wish for from life.

“There was a man sent from God,
whose name was (put your name in here)

There are lives all around us on a daily basis who need His touch, His wisdom, and His power. Are we His enough to reach out into the ordinary situations of life with His love and care? Do we look for opportunities to bring His light into the world of others? That is why He came…

“…as my Father hath sent me,
even so send I you.”
John 20:21

God meant for His Life in us to be an adventure, a life of stepping into His mystery which is locked up in the lives of others. In seeking answers for them we inevitably find answers for our own. The joy which floods into their hearts will flow over into ours. We were created to shine His radiance into His creation. We are not to cover our light, we are not to withhold His love nor His Word. The SAME love which sent the Son into this world is to be our own motivation to be sent into the lives of others. Too few feel the press of God to reach out beyond their own limited borders, their comfort zones, because of the limitations of a faith that has not known His power in their own experience. Experience is the means to confidence, a confidence that stands in thoughts and teachings will never be sufficient to step into the real world circumstance. David did not flinch by the size and the boasting of Goliath for he had experienced his God in the simple task of tending his father’s sheep. It is in the menial things, the everyday things where victories are won and faith grows within the experience of our life in God

“…as my Father hath sent me,
even so send I you.”
John 20:21

Is this scripture relevant in our lives, does the power of it press us into the resources of God for the lives of others? His resources do not come to us until we step into the river and it is THERE in the river we feel the surging wonder of His life rising to meet the needs of those around us.

“…and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the edge of the waters (and the Jordan was full, over all its banks all the days of harvest), that the waters stood still…”
Joshua 3:15-16

Faith is the means to releasing His power… True faith requires the step before the power is released… too many have been waiting 20-30-40 years for the waters to part first and it shall NOT be. Step into His life, step into the broken lives around us, and see if there shall not be an open door to discover His ways, His leading, and His life touching others.

Jesus told the lepers to go show themselves to the priests “and as they went they were cleansed…” Their obedience to His command without any initial evidence was the secret to their cleansing. Those who wait for the evidence first will never know the life of faith and the corresponding joy of seeing our Father work His work.

God told the army perishing of thirst to dig trenches… the next morning they were filled with water. The prophet told the woman to give him her last piece of bread the result being the meal did not fail to meet her needs.  The scriptures are full of the works of faith preceding the work of God. Faith is the insignificant step on our part which releases His power into the situation.

May the Lord stir our hearts afresh to discover the depths of His provisions locked up in the lives around us. May we disregard our unbelief and no longer deny the talents given and His promises made that we may discover His experiential reality. Let us yield ourselves to the pulse of His Spirit within to break down the walls of fear and timidity.

Our God is an awesome God! Let this be not only a song we sing but a testimony we begin to walk in.

“…as my Father hath sent me,
even so send I you.”
John 20:21

BT

2 thoughts on “Sent Ones”

  1. This is really incredible. What you wrote sounds like what I just posted on my High Plains Drifter blog yesterday: “A Conversation about High Plains Drifter”. Here is that post:

    This is an exchange of comments between Belinda Thorne, formerly from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and Tim Shey, author of High Plains Drifter: A Hitchhiking Journey Across America. These comments were taken from Belinda’s post “Remember Lot’s Wife” on her blog Grace and Truth:

    September/October 2020

    Belinda: Tim, why is your book called High Plains Drifter?

    Tim: Now THAT is a very good question. I think that in all of my years of hitchhiking around the United States and in all of the years that High Plains Drifter has been available via manuscript, book, Internet Archive or blog, no one has ever asked that question.

    I named my book High Plains Drifter after Clint Eastwood’s film High Plains Drifter (1973). I don’t know how many times I have seen that film. I absolutely identify with the main character played by Eastwood (the Stranger) who rides into town and kills some bad guys and then burns the town to the ground.

    The Stranger in the film at one time was the town marshal: he was whipped to death by some bad guys who were paid by the owners of the local mining operation. To me, it reminds me of the death of Jesus Christ. There is a scene in the film where the townspeople are having a meeting at the local church and you see this Bible verse on the bulletin board: Isaiah 53: 3-4. The town marshal was rejected by the townspeople and then killed; I have been rejected by family, friends and church people because of my testimony, so I have been alone most of my life (that’s why I identify with the Stranger in the film).

    I have a film review on my High Plains Drifter blog that you might like to read: “Clint Eastwood’s film High Plains Drifter (1973)”.

    [Here I posted some links pertaining to my book High Plains Drifter.]

    I hope these links aren’t overkill to your question, but as far as I can remember, no one has ever asked why I titled my book High Plains Drifter, so I am pleasantly surprised and a little bit flattered.

    Belinda: No, not overkill at all, thank you for answering my question.

    Two things have stood out to me. One where you said in your short story that you like wide open spaces. And two, hitchhiking you are on the fringes of society.

    I’ll tell you why I asked you that question. Last night I was praying. Praying about what to do. It’s so hard here now. Can you imagine, you who like open spaces, that we are in home prison now for 23 hours a day. Allowed out for one hour of exercise or one of us is allowed to go get essentials. And our Premier has extended this lockdown for an indefinite period till we get to less than 5 cases. I am now convinced he is a madman, full of demons.

    Of course I am not sticking to these ridiculous rules. I’m doing what God leads me to. My husband and I have been running an underground church in our home for months, because church is now banned. We have mainly men come, those who’ve just left rehab and prison and we sing and praise and read the Word. They park up the road and walk to our house in the dark and sneak in one by one. It’s the only thing that’s kept me going during this dark time.

    So I’m praying last night and the Lord takes me to a cliff top and we look down together over a dusty plain where there is dirty, tattooed, fighting people. He has shown me this before. A few weeks ago He showed me it and said “this is the land I am giving you”.

    But last night He just showed me it again and I thought how we were on a high plain looking out over.
    Then your book title from nowhere came into my head “High Plains Drifter”.
    And I felt to ask you why.

    The fringes of society, the outcasts who God has called us to. It has always been them. We can never fit in a church. We fit with the homeless and mentally ill and drug addicts. No one else I know is doing anything at the moment. All the churches are quiet and obediently closed and it makes me sick and angry.

    I love your Shiloh poem, wow. The line about Cain bludgeoning Abel to death….

    Anyway I am going to buy your book, it’s on Amazon yes?

    Thank you for reading this, I don’t know what’s happening to me at the moment, it’s all very strange but I know my Lord and I trust Him.

    Bless you Tim

    Tim: I think it is VERY interesting that you asked about the title of my book on a post that has the title “Remember Lot’s Wife”. If you watch Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter, at the end of the film, the Stranger burns the town of Lago to the ground (God’s Wrath). The Scripture “remember Lot’s wife” is alluding to the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah by fire and brimstone (God’s Wrath). So maybe eventually the Lord will lead you out of Melbourne into the wide open spaces (the Outback?) before God’s Wrath hits Melbourne? You are led by the Holy Ghost; the Lord will reveal to you what you need to do.

    About my book on Amazon. I think there is one copy left, but Amazon is charging an exorbitant price for it (probably because it is the last copy). You can read High Plains Drifter for free on my blog.

    Yes, I am definitely on the fringes of society. The Lord led me out of the church back in 1991. The Lord has had me alone for most of my life. The Lord’s thoughts are higher than my thoughts. I know that the Lord has you and your family in the palm of His hand (I am thinking of Psalm 91).

    Belinda: You make a very good connection there . . .I had not connected that! I am going to watch that Clint Eastwood movie.

    Yes I believe the Lord is leading us out of Melbourne. I am praying for His specific guidance as to where, but we are quite sure we are going.

    Thank you for your link to your book. I look forward to reading it.

    I have a scripture for you Tim:
    Micah 4:6-8
    Jesus was an outcast. If we follow Him we also will be. You have to be an outcast to intercede for the outcasts.
    You have blessed me greatly and I pray God will bless you greatly in return.

    [A few weeks later . . .]

    Belinda: Hi Tim. I am reading your book. I’ve just finished chapter 7. I love this chapter.

    I felt to share with you this:

    “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

    Tim: I am glad that you liked that chapter. I remember that time back in 1998 when I was in San Luis Obispo, California. I stayed in a motel one night and then I slept outside on the side of this hill the next night. I was in this Burger King having a meal and for some reason I began to think of northern New Mexico (I worked on an apple farm in New Mexico back in 1986). Then all of a sudden the Holy Ghost fell on me very heavy, so I knew that the Lord wanted me to go to New Mexico.

    So I was hitchhiking in New Mexico and that guy named Israel gave me a ride. Then the next day, that pastor preached about Jacob wrestling with the angel and then the angel named him Israel. It was quite a trip. When you are led by the Holy Ghost, your life is never boring, let me tell you.

    When you are led by the Holy Ghost, your life looks a bit crazy. I thought at times that all of that hitchhiking was crazy. But usually some God-thing or something profound would happen virtually every day, so I knew that the Lord was in the hitchhiking. I knew that the Lord protected me and provided for me in my travels.

    So why did the Lord have me hitchhike all those years? I talked to a lot of people about my Christian faith. Intercession was a big part. I was taking up my cross and following the Lord which helped to break curses off of my life and I was delivered of many demons (I am still being delivered of demons). The devil hates a life that is dead to self. Also, hitchhiking was simply obedience to the Lord: when we enter the Kingdom of Heaven, our life is obedience unto the Lord: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven”.

    Thank you for the Scripture above (John 3:8).

    Belinda: Amen the devil does hate a life that is dead to self. But the Lord loves it, because He can use that one. And that one has power to prevail with Him.

    [Twelve days later . . .]

    Belinda: Hi Tim, I have just finished reading chapter 9 of your book. It struck me that God was training you to be led by the Spirit. That your life was /is a literal representation (like Ezekiel’s was) of how God wants to lead us and how we are to respond. We think to go east but we don’t get a ride so we go west and immediately God sends a ride. The children of Israel had to get their feet wet before the Jordan River parted.
    You will hear a voice behind you say this is the way, walk ye in it.
    To be so trained by the Spirit, to be sensitive to Him, this is it. This is everything . Just some thoughts that have struck me reading your book.
    Blessings.

    Tim: Amen. I was definitely led by the Holy Ghost as I hitchhiked the United States.

    Hitchhiking, also, was fasting and prayer. A lot of people think of fasting as fasting from food. Fasting can also mean fasting from a former lifestyle: I used to work at a lumber yard back in Iowa before I started to hitchhike. I would get odd jobs here and there on the road, but most of the time, I really had to put my trust in the Lord for Him to provide for me, protect me and find a place for me to sleep. Working at the lumber yard or working for that construction company was a vacation compared to hitchhiking.

    Remember when Jesus said that these (demons) can only come out through fasting and prayer?(Mark 9:29) So many curses were broken off of me while I was hitchhiking around the country; I was delivered of so many demons while hitchhiking. Why? Hitchhiking was fasting and prayer and hitchhiking was taking up my cross and following the Lord. The cross is death to self-will. Demons hate a selfless body; demons love a selfish, sinful body.

    In hitchhiking, I met many people on the road and talked to many people about my faith in Jesus Christ. My hitchhiking also reminded me of when the Lord told Isaiah to walk naked and barefoot in Egypt as a witness against them (Isaiah 20:3). Even if I was not able to talk to people on the road, my hitchhiking was a powerful witness of my obedience to the Lord. Obedience is an end in itself. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.

    Thank you for reading my book. I greatly appreciate your response.

    Romans 8:14: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

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