It is not about me

It is not the awards, educational degrees or accomplishments that count when considering from birth to forever. Yes, they are nice and satisfying, but they are not the end in themselves.

Sixty-six years ago this summer when I was a tough young teenager I gave up swearing and lying and was born again. Four years later, in 1948, I went off to Bible College. Oak Hills Christian College is still a small college and very, very special to me. Oak Hills is the place where I first really got grounded in the Bible and Bible study. It was also at that time that I got started in jail work. After a hitch in the U.S. Army, I finished my first degree at Northwestern College. My education continued at other colleges and universities but it was my studies at Oak Hills and Northwestern that led me into evangelism and discipling.

During these last 50 years God has given me endless opportunities and blessings far beyond anything that was ever deserved. Many have been and still are the times that I have failed him, but in spite of it all, His love, grace, mercy and patience gives me endless opportunities to witness his grace and saving power.

May we all remember that his will for us is to give glory, honor and praise to God. Obedience is better than sacrifice. It is not about me. It is about bringing glory to the Father and to the Lord Jesus Christ. If we have given our lives to Him and invited Him in, we will spend all eternity with him in heaven in resurrected bodies.

For the 2010 Club, Aug. 1 takes us to Psalms 67 and Romans 2.

Let's remember, it is not about us.