The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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"And I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls" (2 Cor. 12:15).

The Lord Jesus had demonstrated His willingness to spend and be spent for a needy world while He was on the earth. "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and give His life a ransom for many" (Matt. 20:28). Jesus was interested in everyone from the learned Nicodemus to the lowly leper.

After Paul met Jesus on the Damascus road, the love of Christ was so shed abroad in his heart that his one aim was to spend his life in service for Jesus Christ. "For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died" (2 Cor. 5:14). Paul identified himself with Christ's concern for the spiritual needs of people. There were no limits on his expendability. He longed to see them spiritually mature. In essence he said, "I live so that Jesus Christ can help Himself to my life at any moment for any purpose."

We do not live on isolated islands when we become Christians. We do not box ourselves in, longing no contact with the outside world. As the Spirit of God begins to move upon our hearts we have the same concern and compassion Jesus had for others. What a goal! To be selfless! To be expendable! Are we expendable for Christ in this day when there are so many people with needs? Are we willing to give ourselves to minister to them?

Maybe some of our trials and heartaches have been allowed to bring us to the place of selflessness so that we may be more expendable for others. It is not just about giving money and material things to others, but ourselves, our love, our concern, our interest in them as individuals. Can we say, "My time, strength, talent, my all, are available for God to use to expend on others"? Some food for thought.....

Have a great day....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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