Thoughts of...Giving Your Life
Many people have given their life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Of those, how many are giving their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ?
“Given” your life is what you did when you put your faith in Jesus Christ, accepting Him as Savior. “Given” is what you did when you entered into a personal relationship with our loving Creator and were transformed by God from His enemy into His child (Eph 2:1-5, John 1:10-13, 2 Cor 5:17). “Given” happens once.
“Giving” happens every day, continually. “Giving” is embracing Jesus Christ as Lord. “Giving” is seeking His will, instead of your own, for the time, talents, and resources He has entrusted to you (1 Cor 6:19-20, Matt 25:21). “Giving” is what servants do.
Servants don’t give when it is convenient for them to do so. Servants don’t give as long as the calling from the Lord falls within their pre-determined parameters of service. Such a person says to the Lord, “I will serve you within these parameters. Outside these parameters, I will serve Self.” The modus operandi of God’s servants knows no bounds. A servant of God, who has no will or time or resources of his own, says to his Master, “Whatever, whenever, wherever.”
We Christians are very quick to say we want more of God in our lives, but we are very reluctant to give Him more of our lives. A victorious, Spirit-filled, Spirit-led life doesn’t work that way. To get more of Jesus, we must give more of ourselves to Him.
Jesus Christ initiated the process by offering us Life. We responded by faith and have “given” our lives to Him. Every day He wants to give us even more of Himself, that we would Live for Him. We are to respond by faith, “giving” our lives to Him.
1 Chronicles 4:10 is a widely prostituted verse in the Bible. Could it be, based on God’s answer, that Jabez prayed that the Lord would enlarge the boundaries/parameters of his heart, so that he would be of greater service to the Lord? Could it be that the desire of Jabez’s heart was to be more “giving” of himself so that he would receive more of God?
Do you want more of the Lord Jesus Christ in your life? If you do not, you must repent of that which you do want more of instead of Him. If you do, you must be “giving” your life to Him.
The Lord is looking for servants. We live in exciting times and the opportunities to serve the Lord will appear suddenly and frequently. At church, at work, or in your neighborhood. He will use and bless those who are “giving” their lives to Him. Those who have “given” but are not “giving” will be relegated to the sidelines.