But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord
Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
My wife has a United States proof set of coins from the year of her birth. These coins have never been circulated, there's
a fifty-cent piece, a quarter, a dime, a nickel, and a penny – ninety-one cents. Maybe you have something similar in your home, coins that you've collected and kept in a safe place where they're protected, and you count them as precious to you.
That is wonderful with coins, but do you know something? Sometimes we do that with our lives, and we say, “I want to do
everything I can to shield, to protect, to insulate, to guard myself, to keep myself and my family from ever experiencing anything that might cause them any harm at all.”
In many ways, that's commendable and wonderful. However, if you are protecting yourself at the expense of obeying Jesus,
there's a real problem in your spiritual life. God does not want us to treat our lives like a proof set that we put in a case somewhere and never circulate.
God wants you to spend your life for Him, not to count it as something valuable, but to say, “Lord, I will lay out my life
Let me continue with the coin analogy further. We spend our life for Jesus one coin at a time. A lot of times, we think
that saying “I'm going to give my life to Jesus” is like writing a check, and we write a check for the whole amount, saying, “Here you go, Jesus. Here’s my life.”
That's usually not the way the Lord does it. He calls us to spend our life for Him, one coin at a time, one quarter at a
time, one half-dollar at a time, and say, “Okay, Lord, I'm going to surrender to You here, and today, Lord, in my school, I'm going to show Jesus to my classmates. I'm going to spend myself a little bit here. And today in my family, I'm going to sacrifice
for You, Lord. I'm going to spend a little bit of myself here.”
Day by day, bit by bit, He calls us to pour ourselves out and to spend ourselves for Him, so that at the end of our life,
we can say, “I have finished my course. I've done what Jesus Christ has called me to do. I have fulfilled the ministry.” Remember, when you were saved, God gave you a ministry, and He wants you to spend your life fulfilling that ministry.
Is your life yours, or is your life His?
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Posted on 11/19/2013
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under