“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot
In an ‘all about me’ society this quote is a hard pill to swallow. Christ did not come to this earth for us to be so attentive to our own needs. We, myself included, have fought battles concerning our health. I do my best to not be so concerned and I find God’s grace is enough because He looks out for me when I put my total trust in Him.
When I woke up this morning, this Jim Elliot quote rang through my mind once as I was thinking about which doctor I should visit for a problem I’m having in my body. I was reading about different doctor philosophies and treatment when this thought came to me. This issue I’ve been having recently, has made me consider giving up an opportunity that was opened to me not too long ago. I have been stubborn in not wanting to give this up because I see the God-potential in it. And so I’ve been pushing through. The symptoms I had are now lessening however, I still want to see a physician once maybe twice to continue that healing longterm and to guard myself from experiencing this issue again.
I am reminded that I have been treated for an ongoing medical issue for 20 something years and there was a time when my existence was that issue. I had to live for that issue. Everything I did was dependent upon this medical issue. About 4 years ago God used people to wake me up from that spell. My eyes were opened and I saw my life did not have to be centered around this issue. I found that when I truly put my trust in the Lord regarding this that He did not fail me, even in my blind faith.
Since then I have had more revelation knowledge come to me recently from the Lord regarding this issue I’ve dealt with for a long time. And I believe that it’s been helping me alot.
The point of all this is to say Satan likes for us to be concerned with ourselves and our issues. It’s time believers that we turn our eyes to Jesus and trust Him with all our hearts. All we have to do is ask Him for answers and have an openness to receive those answers and they will come. And it will be like a breath of fresh air when we’re not concerned about ourselves so much.
I know we never go through anything that will not in the end work for our good and God’s glory. This may be for someone else’s good too because God will use it for the building-up of another for His glory as only He does.
Put on those rose-colored glasses and see your mission. Put your running shoes on and ready yourself so you can run the race marked out before you with perseverance, doing all things through Christ who gives you strength. Only then you will be more then a conqueror through Him who gives you strength and ultimately an overcomer.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1