There is a growth in this message of Jesus. There are four steps up and out. First comes the plain call to service: |Launch out
.| This is the ringing service call. It is a familiar word to a follower of Jesus. He was always saying, |Go ye.| To every man He said first of all, |Come.| Then, as quickly as a man came, the word was changed to |go.|
I like greatly the motto of the Salvation Army. It must have been born for those workers in the warm heart of the mother of the Army, Catharine Booth. That mother explains much of the marvelous power of that organization. Their motto is, |Saved to Serve.| Some seem to put the period in after the first word. That's bad punctuation and worse Christianity. We are saved to be savers. There is needed the divine Savior and the human saver. Only he who has been saved can help save somebody else. The tingle of experience in the blood attracts men.
The Master says, |Launch out.| Get down into the thick of the fight. One should not unwisely wear out his strength. But on the other hand, it's better to wear out than to rust out. You'll last longer, and any loss of strength is to be preferred to the loss through yellow, eating rust. A minister noted for his striking way of putting truth was preaching upon the words that were spoken of Paul and his companions: |These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.| He said there were three points to his sermon: first, the world was wrong side up; second, it had to be gotten right side up; third, we're the fellows to do it. That is the first note of this message, we are the fellows to do it.