The evangelist Henry Varley once told Dwight L. Moody, “The world has yet to see what God will do with, and for, and through, and in, and by, the man who is fully consecrated to Him.”*
One wonders what the church and the world would be like if:
- Christ were foremost in every Christian’s life. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2)
- Every Christian loved God with all his being. And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might (Deuteronomy 6:5).
- Christians obeyed God whole-heartedly. This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul (Deuteronomy 26:16).
- Every Christian hated sin. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate (Proverbs 8:13).
- Christians desired to please the Lord. When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7).
- Born again people were continually communicating with God. Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
- Christians evidenced joy in the midst of any circumstance. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice (Philippians 4:4).
- Every Christian were honest—always. Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly (Hebrews 13:18).
- Christians thought about what God says to think about. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8).
- Christians loved others as themselves. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Galatians 5:14).
- Every Christian served God in his local church. I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea (Romans 16:1).
Can you imagine this kind of a world?
It will happen, but not quite yet.
What if only a handful of people in your church—starting with you—began to live as God wants every Christian to live? Can you imagine the impact on your community?
What would happen?
- Your joy and love would impact others.
- People would be saved.
- Families would be strengthened.
- Your church would grow in number and in spirit.
- Teens would be challenged to live for God.
So, what’s holding us back?
Let's live for God today! We’ll change the world!
*It's thought that this quote may have originated with John Knox.