Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

To Spend and Be Spent

"[Jesus, the King, calls] every believer--every forgiven sinner now following Christ--to spend and be spent. Nechayev, a nineteenth-century disciple of Karl Marx, was thrown into prison for his role in the assassination of Czar Alexander II. Prior to his death he wrote:
The revolutionary man is a consecrated man. He has neither his own interest nor concerns nor feelings, no attachment nor property, not even a name. All for him is absorbed in the single exclusive interest in the one thought, in one passion--REVOLUTION.
Although his motives and goals were wrong, Nechayev stated well the heartbeat of true commitment--the kind needed to accomplish the objectives of the Church, God's missile of salt and light hurled into the world to proclaim the triumphant message of sins forgiven and lives transformed. Too often we are overly concerned about personal comfort. If the Christian faith is worth believing at all, it is worth believing heroically!
Jesus' words are a call to zeal, and zeal--fervor, passion, urgent and loving service--is the medium by which the spiritual war is waged. Whether we are at home or bridging society's barriers or making our way to the ends of the earth, we are to be people of one thing--seeing one thing, caring for one thing, living for one thing--to please God. Whether we live, whether we have health, whether we have sickness, whether we are rich, whether we are poor, whether we get honor, whether we get slain, our deepest desire is to please God.

(Ajith Fernando)

So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. (2 Co 5:9)

No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. (2 Ti 2:4)

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