Daily Topic for February 01, 2011
This may be one of the hardest verses for Christ’s followers to learn to obey. It means submitting our own desires and ambitions to the will of the One who made us. But being our maker, He knows what we are made for! Though not everyone is called to go to the mission field, all are called to obedience. Why? He has bought us, and the price was the blood of His own Son.
Pray that you will learn to glorify the Lord with your body and your spirit.
Though born in Scotland in 1867, Peter Cameron Scott grew up in Philadelphia. For years a certain Bible verse had tormented Peter: “You are not your own, you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and your spirit which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20). It had bothered him so much that prior to his surrender to the Lord he tried to erase it from his Bible. Scott was tempted to turn to a career in music, and actually responded to an advertisement to sing in a chorus. But on his way to the tryout, the Holy Spirit told him, “Would he seek a life of self-glory and applause… or would he dedicate his life to God’s service?” Peter determined to serve God, and enrolled in the Missionary Training College to prepare for missionary service in Africa. Now Africa filled Scott’s mind.
In 1890, Scott sailed to the west coast of Africa under the auspices of the International Missionary Alliance (now the Christian & Missionary Alliance). A few months later, his brother John joined him. Within a few months John died from a tropical disease. Before long Peter also became seriously ill. After God healed him, he returned to America, where he met with others strategizing how to penetrate Africa. But Scott was determined to move beyond the coastal regions into the unreached tribes of the interior.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that today’s youths who follow Jesus will dedicate their lives to what God wants, and not succumb to the temptation to follow their own desires.