Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Lord~Let Me Burn Out For You"

"Lord~ let me burn out for You."

MARK 8:35 (KJV)

 35For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

J. Oswald Sanders wrote in his book~ Facing Loneliness ~ 
The round of pleasure or the amassing of wealth are but vain attempts to escape from the persistent ache. . . . The millionaire is usually a lonely man, and the comedian is often more unhappy than his audience.”

He explains that being successful often does not make one satisfied. Which we can all see by looking around us. 

He introduces his readers to a man named Henry Martyn. Martyn was a  great scholar. He attended Cambridge University and was honored at the young age of 20 for his achievements in Math. He was given the highest recognition possible in that field. Yet ~ he acknowledged that he felt empty on the inside. He stated that he had "only grasped a shadow."

He ended up sailing to India as a missionary at the age of 24. When he arrived he prayed, "Lord, let me burn out for You." Over the next 7 years he translated the New Testament into the three most difficult Eastern languages. Now that was not a passing shadow!

No matter how great or small our accomplishments may be~ we will only find fulfillment in following Christ and being obedient to Him. A life lived fully to the Lord is all that will truly satisfy that longing in our heart.

Oh, I too want to say~ "Lord, let me burn out for You." 

Only Jesus Can Satisfy Your Soul

The world may try to satisfy
That longing in your soul.
You may search the wide world over
But you'll be just as before.
You'll never find true satisfaction
Until you've found the Lord,
For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.

Only Jesus can satisfy your soul.
Yes, only He can change your heart
And make you whole.
He'll give you peace you never knew,
Sweet joy and love and Heaven, too.
For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.

If you could have the fame and fortune,
All the wealth you could attain.
Yet, you have not Christ within,
Your living here would be in vain.
There'll come a time when death will find you,
Riches cannot help you then.
So, come to Jesus, only He can satisfy.

Only Jesus can satisfy your soul:
Yes, only He can change your heart
And make you whole.
He'll give you peace you never knew,
Sweet joy and love and Heaven, too.
Only Jesus can satisfy your soul.
Yes, only Jesus can satisfy your soul.

Have a blessed day~ 


~Sue~ said...

Great word for today Carrie, this is my heart cry too! Mr Sanders shared some great thoughts as I have seen this unhappiness in people who were wealthy, and have also heard sad stories of comedians who lived such unhappy lives, Truly only Jesus can satisfy the soul.
Enjoy your day.

Patty said...

There really is nothing like being still to be filled with His presence and purpose for our life. There is a Christian song that says "Why do I search for the rainbow when the pot of gold is already mine? Why do I seek earthly pleasures when His joy can always be found? Why do I search for a refuge when His arms wrap tightly around? It's good to know He loves and forgives and always stands by me." Truly what better use can our life be, than to be lived for and with Him.

Have a great day, Carrie.

Quiltingranny said...

Thanks Carrie!



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