Words to Those Who Travel
1 Corinthians 16:5-9
Now I will come to you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.…

I. WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE ON OUR MASTER'S BUSINESS. This we may be if we are engaged in "secular" affairs. Every part of life is to be consecrated to God. A Christian is a Christian always, and a servant always. Everything may be consecrated. Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we may do all to the glory of God. Secular engagements become truly sacred if in them

(1) we act justly;

(2) seek to please God;

(3) avoid injury to our fellows;

(4) endeavour to display a Christian spirit.

To do this as we travel, we should

(1) preserve a prayerful frame of mind;

(2) watch vigilantly for temptations.

These are often very numerous and strong when we are away from our usual surroundings, and not amongst those who know us. We should embrace every opportunity of doing good. Not only to men in things temporal, but also in things spiritual. At last it will seem marvellous to some that their "cheerily" and "love" extended only to men's lower needs.


1. In secular affairs we should seek the mind of the Lord. He who can help us in the great can help us in the small. There is nothing too insignificant to pray over.

2. In sacred affairs we need ever say, "If the Lord permit." "D.V." on a bill amounts to little; we need it engraved on the heart.

3. Those who, evangelizing, pass from place to place will do well to study the conduct of their apostolic prototype.

(1) He did not think a difficult post meant a post to be abandoned as speedily as possible. Some are all for running away. They are ever "seeking rest," but they are ever "finding none." There is no "rest" out of the path of duty.

(2) He was not overwhelmed by a little opposition, nor by much. Many adversaries being there was a reason why he should be there. Where the enemy is strongest, there the loyal soldiery should be strongest.

(3) He read. in an open door the mind of the Lord directing him to remain. He did not read this in

(a) comfort,

(b) applause,

(c) remuneration,

(d) predilection.

Some communities have attempted to sterotype the mind of the Lord in a three years' pastorate; this looks more like the mind of man than the mind of the Lord. Some divines can only hear certain, "calls" of the Lord: it is to be feared that these "calls" are, after all, nothing more than the echoes of their own voices. - H.

Parallel Verses
KJV: Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.

WEB: But I will come to you when I have passed through Macedonia, for I am passing through Macedonia.

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