â€œA good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.â€ Â (Luke 6:45)
Verse four of the precious hymn â€œTake My Life and Let It Beâ€ speaks of the desire to consecrate oneâ€™s personal possessions and abilities to God, to be used by Him as He chooses.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every powâ€™r as Thou shalt choose.
Regarding our financial resources, our prayer should be, â€œTake them, Lord, and use them as you see fit to meet the needs of others and to spread the gospel.â€ Without His blessing, we can never have enough; but with His blessing, we will never lack. Loving â€œmoney is the root of all evilâ€ (1 Timothy 6:10). Instead, we should â€œbe content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake theeâ€ (Hebrews 13:5).
Our intellect and every talent we have should also be consecrated to God. â€œThou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyselfâ€ (Luke 10:27). Think what could be accomplished if Christians applied their entire minds and bodies to the job.
Consider the words of David to his son: â€œMy son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for everâ€ (1 Chronicles 28:9). JDM