Experiencing Christ

Aspiring to Be for God

Rom 12:1 I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
14:8 For whether we live, we live to the Lord, and whether we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore whether we live or we die, we are the Lord’s.


In Isaiah 6:8 God said, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for Us?” God has the desire to spread the gospel and save some men, but there is no one whom He can use. Some people are occupied by vainglory. Others are occupied by enjoyment, families, or ease. These ones only care for their own affairs, and they have no heart for the propagation of the gospel or for God’s work. Brothers and sisters, do you realize that many people are not saved because of your refusal to cooperate with Him, rather than any unwillingness on God’s part? God has the desire to save, but you have no desire to cooperate with Him. If every brother and sister was willing to cooperate with God, the number of saved ones would be beyond your ability to calculate. God’s work cannot go on because He has not found men. Brothers and sisters, God must gain you before He can accomplish His work.

There is a very precious thought in the Bible: God treasures man’s aspiration for Him. The story of Moses shows us that he had an aspiration to save the Israelites on God’s behalf. Although he was not used by God until he was eighty years old, his aspiration did not begin at the age of eighty; it was there when he was forty years old. God did not forget his aspiration during the next forty years. He came back to Moses.

Not only do we see this in Moses, we see this in the story of Samuel as well. Hannah prayed to the Lord and vowed, “If thou wilt, give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life” (1 Sam. 1:10-11). God gained Samuel and accomplished His purpose through him in that age because Samuel’s mother had an aspiration toward God concerning her son. God cares for man’s aspiration toward Him; He treasures such an aspiration.

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