Perhaps the line most frequently attributed to Dwight L. Moody is the famous quotation: “The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man.”
Over forty years ago I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord as a result of one person – my childhood friend, Terry Bixby. Because of his persistent prayers and attempts to reach me I came to Jesus. One person changed my life and thus changed the lives of thousands of others whom have been influenced by me.
I’ve been accused of being a work-a-holic – working because I’m addicted to it and maybe build up my self-esteem from my efforts to accomplish. I’ll admit that sometimes I don’t manage my time well and over do it, but I’m here to tell you today that I’m not a work-a-holic. I”m a Jesus-a-holic.
When I was a new Christian I read the Bible and I was new enough to just believe it. I read Bible verses like these that I just believed and concluded that my life is not my own. We’re all alive here on Planet Earth, not to do our own will, but during the short season of our life to do His – 100%. I just believed that and have tried to live it out.
26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
35“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?37“For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?…
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
I’ll admit…I’m a driven man. I’m driven to live my life completely for Jesus Christ. I’m driven to see as many people on earth to know Jesus as I can in my lifetime. I’m driven to see Christians know Him more and more. I’m driven to see Christians discover who they are in Christ and find their place in His Eternal Plan. I’m driven to see the Church of Jesus Christ established as the lighthouse Jesus intended it to be. My reward is not of money, possessions and family on this earth – that’s a by-product of the real purpose. Our purpose on earth during our short lifetime is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and fellowship in His suffering. Our reward is not here on earth but in heaven. I wait for Him to say, “Well, done, My good and faithful servant.”
I know no other way to live…for forty years so far and I hope more. Please consider joining me on this Life-Journey of living for Him all out! Regardless of how much you might miss out in this life in the pleasures of this world, I think you’ll find life in eternity with Him a very fulfilling reward for all you sacrifice here. You might get some blessings here on earth, too.
“The world has yet to see what God can do with a man (or woman) fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man.”
Below is a link to a song by Phil Keaggy that expresses my heart.