I will very gladly. . .

I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls (2 Corinthians 12:15)

Once “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit”, we deliberately begin to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ’s interests and purposes in others’ lives (Romans 5:5). We have no right in Christian service to be guided by our own interests and desires. In fact, this is one of the greatest tests of our relationship with Jesus Christ. The delight of sacrifice is that I lay down, my life for my Friend, Jesus! (see John 15:13)  I don’t throw my life away, but I willingly and deliberately lay it down for Him and His interests in other people.  And I do this for no cause or purpose of my own!

Many of us are interested only in our own goals.  Therefore, Jesus cannot help Himself to OUR lives.  But if we are totally surrendered to Him, we have no goals of our own to serve.  Paul said that he knew how to be a “doormat” without resenting it, because the motivation of his life was devotion to Jesus.  We tend to be devoted not to Jesus Christ, but to the things which allow us more spiritual freedom than total surrender to Him.  Paul spent his life for only one purpose that he might win people to Jesus Christ.  Paul always attracted people to his Lord but never attracted them to himself!  He said, “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” I (Corinthians 9:22) 

(Oswald Chambers)

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