Can you say your service to Christ is no reserves, no retreat, no regrets?
I just finished reading the story of William Whiting Borden. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the Borden dairy products. William was the heir of the Borden dairy estate, but things didn’t go as his founding father had planned. William received a trip around the world as a gift from his parents. So, Borden, a Christian, traveled through Asia, the Middle East, and Europe and felt a growing burden for lost people. Finally, he wrote home and informed his parents that he was going to give his life in preparation for the mission field. After making his decision to renounce his fortune in favor of missions. William Borden wrote two words in the back of his Bible: "No reserves."
After graduating from Yale in 1909, Borden turned down several very high-paying jobs offers including the family business because he was determined to fulfill the call that God had placed upon his life. And he wrote two more words in his Bible: "No retreat."
After graduating from Princeton Seminary, he went to Egypt to study Arabic. And during his time there, just before his death, he wrote these words: "No regrets." Those three statements summed up Borden's life: No reserves. No retreat. No regrets. A few months back, I preached a sermon on the Apostle Paul with those three points.
Some would think, "Oh, what a waste of a life." But no life is ever wasted when it is invested in bringing people to Jesus. No life is ever wasted when it is lived for the glory of God. Life is wasted when it is lived for selfish ambition.
In the end, God will look at your motives. It will be not so much a judgment about quantity as it will be about quality, about motives. Why did you do what you did? If you have been faithful and served God with what He had set before you, then you will be rewarded for your faithfulness. But if you have been unfaithful or have done things with the wrong motives, you will not receive that reward. Our service from the Lord should never be from a sense of duty from a heart of DEVOTION!
I’ve heard it said that you can have a saved soul and a lost life. So it is not enough just to get to heaven. We want to get to heaven having done something with our lives for God's glory.
Williams’s mother had been radically saved when he was a young boy. They attended Moody’s church in Chicago and young William’s life was impacted during that time. After his death his bible was found and given to his mother. In it she found in one place the words "No Reserve" and a date placing the note shortly after he renounced his fortune in favor of missions. At a later point, he had written "No Retreat", dated shortly after his father told him that he would never let him work in the company ever again. Shortly before he died in Egypt, he added the phrase "No Regrets."
I pray that my service for the Lord will not come from duty but devotion. God Bless!