The Christian Pioneer
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
The pioneering spirit springs forth from a life of faith, and the faith life trusts God for the victory in every single thing. Living by faith is what makes God real to his people and it is this type of faith that causes men to go where others have never dared to trod. It is the faith of the Christian Pioneer.
A man with a pioneering spirit cannot find peace by resting on the accomplishments of those who have gone on before. They cannot find rest in the complacency of enjoying what others have left behind. They must discover new lands and lay down new trails for others to follow.
The pioneer will go on and blaze a new trail of his own because he is committed to following Jesus Christ. Just as Abraham searched for a city whose builder and maker is God, a Christian Pioneer trusts God in every step of his journey. A Christian Pioneer does not know the pitfalls, snares or dangers that lie on the trail before him or the how far it is unto his journey’s end. But he will prayerfully take each new step in confidence that his all sufficient God will provide in every circumstance, even when the way seems impossible. Instead of talking about the impossibility, the Christian Pioneer will face the impossible by casting himself upon the mercy of God, and only then will he launch out into the unknown with complete assurance in God.
It is the spirit of adventure and following God in faith that is the most meaningful to the Christian Pioneer. Unless the people of God rise up and re-capture that pioneering spirit, the spirit of the saints who have gone on before, the church will grow stagnant in its complacency and will find itself unable to maintain what has been left to it by the generations before. When this happens we may become the Israelites in Judges where it says of them in chapter two verse 10: “And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.” The faith of our children depends on our pioneering spirit.
By God’s power may we face our obstacles. By God’s leading may we be thrust into the thick of the conflict and have faith enough to forge ahead. May we carry the Christian banner, encamping on new ground, finding victory for Christ.
The average Christian draws a line in the sand and says, “God, that is as far as I am willing to go. That is how far I trust you to take me.”
The Christian Pioneer says, “Where you lead I will follow. God, I know that all things are possible with you.”