“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
One of the greatest inhibitors to the ministry is the restraints people put on what they will do for the LORD and how far they will go to do it. One thing you will notice about anyone whom God has used greatly is that they lived an unabandoned life. There were no lines they drew as to how much or how far they would go for the LORD. Everyone who has done anything for the LORD or will do anything for Him have to be all in if they are going to be used by God.
The verse above teaches this principle when it says, “…whosoever will save his life shall lose it…” God has given everyone life, but what they do with life determine what He does with them. Those who live guardedly for Him will most likely never live the life of faith where the great rewards of Christianity are found. There are three observations I want to point out as to what you will do with life.
First, what you do with life determines what life does with you. Life gives you what you put into it. If you put little into life, you will receive little from it. If you put everything into it, you will reap the bountiful blessings of giving your all. I have watched too many Christians who are more interested in the world than they are with serving the LORD. These are the type of Christians who, though they may be good people, are hurting the impact that the local church can have on its community.
Second, you will never do anything great for the LORD if you are guarded with your life. The guarded Christian is the faithless Christian. The faithless Christian is the Christian who never pleases the LORD. Living the guarded life causes you to never take the risk of faith that is required to see God work the miraculous through you.
Third, you must live an unabandoned life for the LORD for Him to do great things through you. If you want God to do great things through you, you can put no limits, no strings and no lines on what He wants you to do. Just look at some of those in the Scriptures whom God used mightily. The Apostle Paul said in Romans 9:3, “For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:” There were no limits as to how far Paul would go to see people saved. Paul said in Acts 20:24, “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” His life was not the issue as to what he would do for the LORD. If he had to suffer for the LORD to do something through him, so be it. It was said about some Christians in Acts 15:26, “Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Why did they do so much for the LORD? The reason they did so much was because they lost their life, and in losing it they found the life of God’s blessings.
What you do with your life does determine what God can do through you. If you are willing to hazard your life for the LORD, He will be willing to do the miraculous through you. You can’t put limits on God and expect God to bless your ministry in a limitless manner. My friend, let me encourage you to take the restraints off God and determine that you will go all in for Him if needs be for Him to do great works through you.