On one occasion king Saul was in great distress over an impending battle when all of a sudden the enemy’s camp began to disband before the eyes of Israel’s watchman. When the news was delivered to Saul, his response was:
“…“Now call the roll and see who has gone from us.” And when they had called the roll, surprisingly, Jonathan and his armorbearer were not there.”” (1 Samuel 14:17 NKJV)
Oh if it were only so that when the church gave out a “roll call”, her missing soldiers were unknowingly out on the battle field serving God, but sadly such is not the case! Many brothers and sisters are A.W.O.L. and mired in laziness with a vacant zeal and silence when it comes to the roll call of serving God; such is the unjustifiable and pitiful reason for the shortage of Bible class teachers, loving elders and deacons, as well as a vacuum of needed funds for numerous righteous and godly works and missionaries.
May we all learn to be like Jonathan, a servant of God only “absent” from the body when he was busy being its hands and feet. And may we earnestly remember this lesson the next time we begin to think it’s okay to ignore our responsibility of being ready to answer the “roll call” of the church, else the importance of not being found absent by the true roll keeping King, who sees our works, slip our heart and mind.
“And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.” (Philippians 4:3 NKJV)