“Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” – Luke 12:48
It’s fun looking forward to what life has in store. I love the thought of an adventure ahead and the thrill of the unknown excites me. I don’t know where I’ll be in five years. I can speculate, but I don’t have any plans that far ahead. I do, however, know what I’ll be working towards.
I committed my life to Jesus three times. The first time, in grade 11, I committed to trusting Him to save me from my sinful nature and allow Him to define my purpose. In October of my first year, I committed to returning to the faith, to retake my arms in the battle for holiness. I committed to allowing God’s people access into my life to help me stand strong against sin. The third time I committed my life to Jesus was at a winter conference with Power to Change in my third year. We had an opportunity to respond to the message by signing a card that said,
“Dear Jesus, I want you in the center of my life and commit through your power, to serve and obey you. Anytime. Anywhere. At any cost. To do anything.”
The first two times I made a commitment to God with my life, I committed to knowing and loving God. The third time, I committed to make His mission the center of my life. I made a decision that the end goal by which I would measure the my success is how I have made my life a tool through which the world would know Jesus. I believe this is the kind of commitment expressed by Paul in Galatians 2:20
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
At the time I made that commitment, I had some ideas of what that would look like. Today, I have some different ideas and I’m sure that as my life unfolds, God will be faithful to reveal exactly how He wants to use me to change the world.
This doesn’t mean I’m perfect. Far from it. I shared with you my greatest challenges as part of this series. Many of the things I learned from my mentors during university are lessons I’m still learning how to apply in my life. But God doesn’t need perfect people, He asks only for obedience, repentance and worship. As much as I possibly can, I offer these to Him.
I don’t think that living with this mindset requires that one goes into full time ministry. That’s simply how it’s worked out for me. Some of the people I look up to the most work outside of professional ministry but exemplify this commitment to God in their lives. It’s not about what you do, it’s about the heart behind your actions. Why do you study? Is it so you can graduate and get a good job to provide for your family? Or is it so that, through your excellence doors are opened for you to proclaim Christ in your words and actions in new settings?
I don’t really know exactly what I’m going to do with my life, but I know what vision will guide my life: Anytime, Anywhere, At any cost, to do anything. Imagine what the world could look like if everyone who reads this post committed to living like this.
“Do not give yourself to that which others can and will do but to that which others cannot or will not do.” – Jim Elliot