“Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.”
– Jesus Paid It All, Elvina M. Hall
I have sung it for many times, yet this time, the “all” in the second line hits me hard. This morning, as I was singing this line in Bethany Church in Brevard with other believers, I burst into tears of both joy and repentance, for suddenly, I realised that, the Lord wants not 10%, 20%, or 50%, but all. The message based on Acts 16 that followed, given by Pastor Matthew, echoed perfectly: is advancing the gospel your priority in decision-making?
He gave many useful examples. For instance, when we consider moving, do we see any local churches in need? Do we see the situations of that city or country? When we decide about jobs, do we look for opportunities to minister? Will we be working under good conscience in a godly way? For one considering the matter of marriage, do you see it as a picture depicting Christ and the Church? Will the two of you together serve more effectively than when you are single?
Very often, our lives and decisions are self-centered. This reflection reminds of Tim Keller’s saying that, “Most people want Jesus as a consultant rather than a king.” I do not want to just consult Jesus on what is good for me; I want Him to rule over my body, soul, and spirit so that all of me is His.