May I ask you a question? Is there ever a good time to say “I’d do anything?” Likely not In most instances. However will there be an opportunity for each one of us in a given lifetime to do just that, give anything? What is God asking of you and of me . . . anything!
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I would do anything if I just –– could . . . , would . . . , for a moment! How often have you found yourself repeating this oath? “Anything if just . . . !” I know that neither you nor I would really “do anything” as we promised. It’s just something we say when we’re faced with an incredible problem, a tremendous challenge or, perhaps, a heart-wrenching fear or ache. Sometimes these are the first words out of our mouths, an oath proclaiming an inordinate and awful promise that we know we will never keep. I remember getting into a horrific auto accident years ago on the freeway. My car was sandwiched between two others and I was just beginning to comprehend what had happened over the course of several seconds at high speeds on that road. “If only I hadn’t changed lanes I would have never come between these two cars. I’d give anything to relive the last minute!” Really? No one was hurt and cars could be repaired. “Anything?” Probably not a good idea. The cost/value relationship was not balanced.
Is there ever a good time to say “I’d do anything?” Likely not In most instances. However there is one opportunity each one of us is given in a lifetime to do just that, give anything. Because that’s exactly what God is asking of you and of me. . . anything!
Oswald Chambers writes. “A Christian worker has to learn how to be God’s noble man or woman amid a crowd of ignoble things. Never make this plea — “If only I were somewhere else!” All God’s men are ordinary men made extraordinary by the matter He has given them. Unless we have the right matter in our minds intellectually and in our hearts affectionately, we will be hustled out of usefulness to God. We are not workers for God by choice . . . . Paul’s whole heart and mind and soul were taken up with the great matter of what Jesus Christ came to do, he never lost sight of that one thing. We have to face ourselves with the one central fact — Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” (My Utmost for His Highest, October 24)
The Apostle Paul tells us in 1Corinthians 9:22: “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” Paul was willing to do anything, give anything, to save just one sinner. This was central to his ministry work throughout Asia Minor; the fact that he would give and give and give anything in order to win some for Christ. Yes, even his very life. It wasn’t about Paul, you or me that souls hang in the balance; it’s about Christ. We need to become ignoble in order that Christ is raised up as noble. It’s our anything for his everything. The cost/value relationship balances out on the side of value for only this one thing in life: we should give anything for Christ’s everything.This and only this. All other oaths are vacant promises in exception.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us Jesus Christ, our Lord, to lead us, guide us and take us where we need to go. As one of his soldiers in this universal fight against sin, he has captured us and made us a part of his army. Forgive us Lord when we fail to understand that our anything in this life will never equal his everything. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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