II Corinthians 5:14-15
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead; And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
Some people may wonder why a missionary would “give up everything to go serve God in another country.” The only answer I have for this type of question is found in II Corinthians 5:14-15. It is the love of Christ that constrains me or compels me to follow His will for my life. Notice it doesn’t say that my love for Christ is what compels me to serve Him. It is His love for me displayed in His sacrificial death on Calvary that compels me to live, not for myself, but for the One Who gave Himself for me! When we see this Scripture as it is written and understand that God gave everything for me, how can I do anything less than serve Him with my life? For me, that service involves leaving what is seemingly comfortable and convenient here in the USA to serve the Lord in England where He has called me to serve. For you, it is probably completely different. The question is not where you will serve the Lord, but rather, what will motivate, constrain, or compel you to serve the Lord? Is His love enough to compel you to stop living for yourself and live for Him? Consider Calvary and His sacrifice the next time you are tempted to live unto yourself!