Why do you do what you do?
I’m Christin Ditchfield and this is Take It To Heart!
In Each New Day, holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom tells of a hospital visitor who observed a nurse gently tending to the oozing sores of a leprosy patient. “I would not do that for a million dollars,” he said. Looking up for a moment, the nurse replied frankly, “Neither would I. But I do it for Jesus for nothing.”
You know, there are probably a lot of difficult, unpleasant things you couldn’t pay me to do – and that I couldn’t pay you to do! But what if Jesus asked us – would we do it for Him?
Would we minister to people with leprosy – or AIDS? Would we give up our dream home so that we could give more to missions – or have the freedom to go to the mission field ourselves? Would we sacrifice a successful career to be more available to our young children or our aging parents? Would we put up with a difficult boss for the sake of the opportunity to be a witness to our coworkers? Would we surrender a few hours of sleep to have more time for Bible study and prayer?
Only you can know what it is that Jesus is asking of you today. It’s different for each one of us. What is a sacrifice for one person may not be for another. However hard it seems, I can tell you this: the hurt, the hardship fades into oblivion when we think about what Jesus has done for us. He laid down His life for you and for me. In His love for us, He gave everything He had to give. How can we offer Him any less?