Written after visiting the Bethany Church in Brevard, North Carolina.
“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
How many times have you sung this hymn, “All to Him I owe”? Well, I have sung it for many times yet this time, the “all” in the second line hit me hard. When I sang it today, I burst into tears of both joy and repentance. The Lord wants not 10%, 20%, or 50%, but a-l-l. It is not a “metaphorical” all but a “realistic” all. The message given by Pastor Matthew that followed, which was based on Acts 16, echoed perfectly: is advancing the gospel your priority in decision-making?
He gave some 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 are self-centered. Our decision-making is self-centered. I thought I always knew my life has to be Christ-centered, but his examples had shed light into my heart. Tim Keller was right: “Most people want Jesus as a consultant rather than a king.” I don’t 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.