So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less? 2 Corinthians 12:15
Normally people give of themselves in order to get something in return. They are more than willing to go the extra mile when there is a huge benefit for themselves in the end.
Sometimes that benefit may be physical benefits, such as money, while other times it is social/emotional benefits, such as accolades from others. Either way it is often for personal reasons that a person gives of themselves to another.
Paul reveals his concern for the Corinthians. He tells them that he is very willing to give completely of himself and everything he has for their benefit.
Jesus gave one hundred percent of Himself, when He died upon the cross, for each and every person to save them. He did not hold anything back that might be needed. And this was done while the people still hated Him and wanted nothing to do with Him.
Believers need to have the same attitude when being a witness for Jesus. However, many in the church are being just like those in the world, wanting the self praises of people. They will do ministry and reaching out to people, but they do the absolute minimum possible.
Some will hold back their best, because they are more concerned about themselves, than they are of others. As this is done, the world sees and understands that the believer really does not care for them.
When a believer gives of all he has, both physically and emotionally, the world will see it. They will see the love of God through that believer. In seeing that selfless love, people will choose to follow Christ.
As a believer God will always open doors for you to give of yourself and what you have in order to be a witness to others. You have a choice as to how much you are willing to give.
Be willing to give one hundred percent of yourself and what you have to reach the lost. As you give of yourself, God will pour back into you everything that you need and more.
Just as Jesus gave of Himself, and then God restored Him and exalted Him above all, so God will also restore you and raise you up. Do it with a willing and joyful heart.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will love as God loves; that you will give of yourself to reach others for Jesus; that God will meet all of your needs; and that God’s kingdom will grow through you.