So whatever it takes, I will be one who lives in the fresh newness of life of those who are alive from the dead. I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. (Philippians 3:11-13)
In Matthew 16:18 where Jesus said, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Jesus is still building His church today, and He possesses a “whatever it takes” attitude toward that goal. His resolve and determination remain absolute.
- Jesus builds His Church on the realization and confession of His Lordship—that He is the Son of God!
- Jesus builds His Church through the influence, the operation, and the impartations of the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus builds His Church through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God.
- Jesus builds His Church through the leadership of pastors and other gifts that He places within the Church.
- Jesus builds the Church through the contributions of every member—through acts of love, acts of service, and acts of generosity.
Jesus is resolved and determined that He will build His church! When we embrace and act upon His resolve, we become laborers together with Him, and we partner with God in His work.
The truth is that, there is nothing more important than our relationship with Jesus, it should never be traded for anything. Risk whatever it takes, we should be willing to give up anything for the sake of Jesus Christ. Jesus is standing at the door of your heart, knocking. Will you open your heart for Jesus to come in? Nothing is worth your relationship with Jesus, nothing is worth postponing the decision to accept Jesus. Please dear friends, today is the day of salvation, come to Jesus today. Risk whatever it takes.
If you’re reading this today, and you know you have not truly given your life to Jesus, please do it now. Do not procrastinate, do not say tomorrow I will. Now is the time to make a decision to live for Jesus, now is the time to repent, and now is the time not tomorrow. When people possess a “whatever it takes” attitude, they are not quick to be discouraged or to quit. Sometime this involves making adjustments, finding new methods or new strategies, but we don’t just throw up our hands and throw in the towel. We may need divine wisdom to get the job done, but we will do “whatever it takes.”
We want to be people who love Jesus with all our heart, who trust him fully, follow him faithfully, and bear maximum fruit for his name. We want to be filled with as much God as we can possibly hold. We don’t want to be lukewarm, or waste our brief life here on earth.
Remember the Amos 3:3 principle – in order for two people to walk together, they must be in agreement and they must be heading the same direction. God has a plan, and He is determined to do whatever it takes to see that plan fulfilled. When we share His attitude and resolve, we can fully participate with Him and partner with Him in the fulfilling of His dreams and objectives. Let us renew our commitment to do whatever it takes, to do our part, in the building of His church in the making of disciples throughout the entire world.
Today, I plead with you to give your life to Jesus Christ, do not postpone it, do not say tomorrow I will. The time to live for Jesus is now, the time to repent is now, you never know if you will have the opportunity again, you never know your last opportunity. The bible says “If you hear the voice of the Lord today, do not harden your heart”. So let’s boldly approach the throne of grace, and ask for as much of it as we can get, whatever it takes. For it is asking the One we love most to give us what we need most that will make us most happy. We should not fear, for there is no safer prayer.