I remember thinking, way back when I going through the process of being saved (for me it took some time), that I didn’t have much to offer God. I was just a college student with little money, no job prospects, no girlfriend, no ministry. But I distinctly remember saying to God “Here I am, take me and use me. I don’t know what it is worth, but you can have what I have and what I am.”
Fast forward nearly two decades and I can’t help but take inventory. Now I do have a job and a career, enough money to support my family, a wife and 2 kids – who are my ministry at the moment. I’ve led Bible studies and shared my faith with non-believers. All good and wonderful things that I am very thankful for. All are responsibilities that God has blessed me with. All of which would have impressed and comforted the college me had I had a crystal ball.
The thing is, none of it really gains me any additional love or blessing from God. None of it makes him value me any more than he did the day I was conceived. You see, God can’t love more than 100%. His love was already overflowing for me (and you) from the beginning of time. So while my Earthly resume looks fine and dandy, I’m still in the same spot I was all those years ago.
All I have is me. Now I understand a bit better that all I have really is valuable to God. A precious jewel that he treasures in his heart.
My response, therefore, should be one of gleeful obedience. God doesn’t require us to be good or successful or impressive for salvation. He does, however, ask us to act in a way that honors the free gift of salvation. For our sake as much as others.
“Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, For blessed are they who keep my ways. “Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it. “Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts. “For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD.
Lord help me to seek you everywhere, to honor you always, and to listen to you constantly.