My heart is full with the things the Lord has been teaching me while in Elgin, Illinois. The depth of my sin is continually revealed as I study His Word and devote as much time as possible to preparing my heart for the work God has for us in Brantford.
God is speaking through the study material provided to all the senior pastor’s wives. One passage in the chapter titled, “Understanding Your Choices”, spoke volumes.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”
This is the great exchange. His life for my life. He gave up His life for me; now I give up my life for Him.
Jesus gave His life for me. Is it asking too much that I give Him my weekends in multiple church services? My evenings in small group? My mornings in times of study and devotion? My submission to go where He leads?
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God has called each one of us to sacrifice our life for His glory. I have been asked to sacrifice family weekends. Quiet evenings. My time. My perceived rights.
Such a small sacrifice in light of the great one Christ made for me.
A sacrifice, I confess, that has sometimes been made begrudgingly. My attitude reveals the depths of my selfishness. My sin.
Forgive me Jesus.