Jay's eDevotionals  

Nov 13

The Radical Call to Give All for Jesus

Several years ago, I read a story about a young soldier who died in the Persian Gulf War. Some people contended that America was going to war for oil.  This young Marine, a few days before his death, wrote a letter to his parents explaining, “Many say we are here because of oil. But that’s not why I’m here. I’m here to fight for the little kids who are being abused and gassed at the hands of a mad dictator.” Within a week of writing his family, that completely committed patriot gave his life for the cause he held dear through his engagement in Operation Desert Storm.

Imagine what would happen if those who follow King Jesus were as committed to the cause of Christ as this young soldier was to his cause. What if we elevated the pursuit of reaching the lost for Christ as our greatest priority—what would that look like?

Paul explained his radical commitment to our Savior that propelled him to risk everything by declaring, “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace." (Acts 20:24)

God calls us to sacrifice because the stakes are massive.  There is a real heaven to be gained and a real hell to be missed—FOREVER!.  So our comfort, convenience and safety all take a back seat to the importance of rescuing perishing people. Our earthly resources are expendable for the sake of the Gospel.  This is not a popular view, especially among carnal Christian who care little about the lost. However, Jesus taught, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26)

One of our Baptist Missionary recently told his supervisor, “If I am killed for sharing Jesus with the Muslims in my area, please do not make me into a martyred hero—just send in replacements. This is our calling to be willing to water the seeds of our testimony with our blood.”

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