"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." -- Romans 1:16

The Cost of Effective Service

The famous evangelist, D.L. Moody, had finished his sermon. Large numbers had responded to the invitation. A young minister made his way to Mr. Moody. “I’d give the world to be as effective for Christ as you are,” he stated.

“Well,” replied Moody, “that’s exactly what it cost me.”

No doubt the younger man was startled. Most of God’s people want to be effective in their service. We want effectiveness to come easy, though. We all hunger for some magic act that can transform us instantly into our ideal. But most worth-while things are the products of a process of growth.

Moody gave up his business, his money, and his life’s ambition. God gave him something better. But effectiveness cost him the world. I don’t know all this meant to him. I believe I know what the Bible means though when it says in 1 John 2:15: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” It means our lives cannot be earth-bound and possession-possessed. It means we must die to ourselves so that Christ may live through us. It means we must put God before everything else.

Nothing of value is free. Even our salvation was expensive to God. We can serve God falteringly without its costing much. If we wish to serve Him effectively, it will cost us the world.