Growing up there were a number of titles I wanted to be known by at some point in my lifetime:
Olympic gold medalist
Kroger cashier (…I had big dreams)
But now that Christ has invaded my life and I bear His name I only want to have one title:
Not just any beggar, but a beggar of souls.
I am no longer content to sit idly by while the people I love (and the ones I haven’t met yet) speed through their one life, wasting it on the failing promises of this temporary world.
John Piper proposed this to Don’t Waste Your LIfe‘s readers:
Of course, we do not use the word cool to describe true greatness. It is a small word. That’s the point. It’s cheap. And it’s what millions of young people live for. Who confronts them with urgency and tears? Who pleads with them not to waste their lives? Who takes them by the collar, so to speak, and loves them enough to show them a life so radical and so real and so costly and Christ-saturated that they feel the emptiness and triviality of their CD collection and their pointless conversations about passing celebrities? Who will waken what lies latent in their souls, untapped—a longing not to waste their lives?
This is what God has called me to do for not just the middle and high school girls at my church, or my classmates at school but everyone I encounter.
I want to not just be the friendly girl who is known by her “bubbly” and “sweet” personality. I want people to know me as the one who loves them enough to tell them the truth. I want to be known as a beggar of souls.
“Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.” — C.T. Studd
Brothers and sisters, we are ambassadors for Christ. We have been given a new name, a new life, a new heart and a new part in this world. We are to proclaim the Gospel with our lives and our lips and love deeply, give freely and forgive in the same manner that Christ Himself has loved, given and forgiven us.
I pray we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and exercise zeal with wisdom, boldly sharing the Good News of the Gospel with everyone around us – it is the power unto salvation for those who believe.
But how will they believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? … Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:14-15, 17)
Be a Beggar
“”‘Not called!’ did you say?‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say.Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face — whose mercy you have professed to obey — and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.” — William Booth,
Do we really grasp the gravity of the gift we’ve been given? We have been given life. Life. We were dead and now we live. Why do we not share that verbally with others who are dying?
My encouragement for you (and me) is to prayerfully watch for opportunities to speak life to others around you. Whether it be your spouse, kids, neighbor, fellow church-goer, classmate or complete stranger, speak life to them. Be obedient and leave the results up to God.
He will use it. He will use you.
Go. Speak. Share. Love. Give. Send. Serve. Obey.
May the Lamb of God receive the reward of His suffering,