Giving Fully & Giving Completely
Romans 6:13 (ESV)
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
What motivates us to do what we do? For a performer, it is the applause at the curtain call. For the hit maker singer, it is the record sales and to be at the top of the charts. For the teacher, it is the performance of his class. But for the Christian, it will never be for the applause of man, nor the promise of success and lastly nor the rewards of the performance.
In the first place we were already dead; thus, there was no point for anything.
Because sin reigned in us and the wages of our sin is death, nothing we would do would amount nor merit to anything. None of the world’s definition of success would matter for eternity. We can store up all the wealth from the bonuses, stock up all the medals and compile all our achievements in vain. Sin has already disqualified us from any good in this world and the life thereafter.
But that doesn’t mean we were meant to live in utter meaninglessness
Jesus came to die the death we should have died. Now because of him, we live. Life takes on a new different meaning with Christ. We have not only gained access to heaven, we have a relationship that is never measured by performance and always unconditional. In Christ, we are also given a purpose and destiny. Life now revolves according to His pleasure and will.
Now we live, in the giving of ourselves fully and completely
With Christ, we can do great things that are of eternal value. Our fields or profession are no longer just jobs, but a callings. Submitting to earthly masters or bosses are not out of position but out of reverence for a heavenly master who sees what our earthly bosses don’t. Instead of working according to our capacity, we are now daily fueled by the working of His grace. Work is no longer work, but a privilege and a delight. No longer should a workman compete against others or compete against himself, because competition is no longer a driving force — service is the passion behind work.
One of my most favorite scriptures has always been Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, do it excellently, because it is for no one other than God. There is now no part-time job or half-cooked job, and just like Paul, we can “work harder because God’s grace is never without effect “.
Everyday we face countless opportunities to give ourselves more, regardless of the incentives, the credit or the ultimate reward. Sacrifice is never so much a sacrifice because the perspective is not how much of “us” is required but how much mercy has been granted to a sinner like me. If we only decided according to mercy, then there is no point considering workload, salary, incentives and the likes. Everything is a privilege and a joy for those whose heart is to fully obey and keep in step with the will of Christ. In context of grace and mercy, there is still so much more to give and offer.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.