Getting the Most out of It

Let me ask a question that requires some serious thought. When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, who gets the most out of it? Is it Jesus? Or, is it ourselves? Before you give a quick answer, let’s take a hard look. If you have been born again, what moved you to receive Jesus? Was it for forgiveness, cleansing, peace of heart, a guarantee of Heaven, many promised blessings, or any other cause for joy and satisfaction? Did we stop and think about what, if anything, Jesus got out of it? Probably not! We are “wired” to think: what does this do for me? Let’s carry this line of thought further. Even if we have majored on what we get out of it, we can “shift gears.”  Saul, who was confronted with his condition and need, gladly received what was in it for himself. However, he then said, “….Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do….?” (From Acts 9:6). As his gratitude “kicked in,” his motivation and drive became: “….my earnest expectation and (my) hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but (that) with all boldness, as always, (so) now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether (it be) by life, or by death. For to me to live (is) Christ, and to die (is) gain” (Philippians 1:20-21). Will we give Jesus that same whole-hearted mastery of our lives. If so, He will take pleasure in our love for, and devotion to, Him. May our determination be that found in, “I’ll Live for Him,” By R. E. Hudson: “My life, my love I give to Thee, Thou Lamb of God Who died for me; O may I ever faithful be, my Savior and my God! I now believe Thou dost receive, for Thou hast died that I might live; and now henceforth I’ll trust in Thee, my Savior and my God!  O Thou Who died on Calvary, to save my soul and make me free, I’ll consecrate my life to Thee, my Savior and my God! I’ll live for Him Who died for me, how happy then My life shall be! I’ll live for Him Who died for me, my Savior and my God!” Selah! Gradually, it will become, “…..not I, but Christ.” (From Galatians 2:20).     Ron

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