“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”
One of the most encouraging descriptions about the life of Christ is found in one statement, “Who gave himself for…” When Jesus chose to leave Heaven to come to Earth, He wasn’t passive about His life, but He gave Himself for the purpose for which He came. Jesus understood that it would take more than just a dispassionate life to make a difference in this world. He also understood that what He was doing was worthy of everything that He had inside of Himself. Think of this; this is the Creator of the Universe, and yet He gave everything He had for what He did on this Earth.
My friend, if Jesus saw it worthy to give Himself for what He did, I would think it would be good for you to give of yourself to what you do for Christ. There are three things for which Jesus gave Himself. He gave Himself for us as an individual, He gave Himself for the church, and He gave Himself for our sin. In other words, every ounce of energy and devotion that Christ had He gave for these three things. You will notice that none of these things were about Himself, but they were about others. This is why He is able to change the world. Let me give you some thoughts about the importance of giving yourself to what you do.
First, always give yourself to everything that you do. My mother used to say, “If it is worth doing, do it right the first time.” She was teaching me the importance of giving everything I had for everything that I do. You should leave nothing behind when you attempt to do anything for God.
Second, limit yourself to what you give yourself. There were many things that Jesus could have given Himself for while He was on this Earth, but He only chose to give Himself for you, your sins, and the church. There will always be many things crying for your attention, but you must limit what you give yourself so that what you are supposed to be doing will get the attention that God wants you to give towards it. Just remember that anything you give yourself towards that should not have your attention is only robbing time and energy from what you should be giving yourself.
Third, don’t compare what you can give to what others are capable of giving. We can’t compare our ability to give of ourselves to Christ’s ability, but we can still give what we have to what we are doing. One of the greatest inhibitors that can limit your abilities to give what you have is that you let what others give discourage you from giving what you have. God never compares what you have to another; He only compares what you are able to give to your ability. All God asks is that you give of yourself to your ability because it is your ability that God will use to do a great work for Him. If you stop worrying about how you compare to others, you will find yourself being able to give your whole mind and energy to the task that God has given you to do.
Fourth, nothing great is ever accomplished without giving everything you have for what you are doing. Your life will make the greatest impact if you give yourself to everything that you do. You should never look back after you have done something and say that you could have given more. You should be able to say when you are done that you have given all that you could give to what you did. At the end of life, the only thing that will matter to you is if you gave all that you had to what you did for Christ.