The Quakers got their name from the fact that they trembled under the power of the Spirit. At least their faith shook them! Too many of us today are shaky about what we believe but not shaken by what we believe.
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
Our Lord here joins position with practice. We are first with Him – not just for Him – and out of that grows duty: we gather with Him. “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men” – there again He joins relationship with results, fellowship with fruitfulness: “Abide in me…much fruit.”
Our business is to become better Christians ourselves, help others to be better Christians, and win still others to become Christians. It grows naturally out of being a believer and disciple that one should also be a witness. Andrew did not have to take a study course in soul-winning to send him after his brother Peter, nor did Philip have to be urged during an annual “revival” before he did “personal work” with Nathanael.
When anything good comes our way we usually tell it. Strange that the greatest good tidings of all should find us holding our peace. Maybe we have just become canvassers looking for “members” instead of gatherers looking for souls.