“We tend to be passionate about things that don’t matter, fanatics and fans about what won’t last. But we are afraid to look like fanatics for Jesus. We seem determined to portion Jesus out in acceptable portions, unwilling to appear fools for Christ. John Wesley was asked about the key to his ministry. He supposedly said (we can find only secondhand sources supporting this), “I ask God to set me on fire and let people watch me burn.”
I thank God that today I don’t just love Jesus as much as I used to, I love Him more. That is to His credit, and I’m deeply grateful. He’s what makes it so exciting and so worthwhile, and He’s the one who empowers me to walk “a long obedience in the same direction.” More than ever, I want to know Christ. How about you?
Give Jesus first place in your life. Don’t just let your life happen to you—choose what to do with it or in the end you’ll wonder where it went. If you’re going to persevere as Christ’s follower, you must consciously choose not to squander your life or let it idle away, but to invest it in what matters. “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time” (Ephesians 5:15)–Randy Alcorn
How about you: Do you love Christ more today than yesterday? Do you want to know Him more than ever? Are you letting life happen to you or investing your life for eternity?