This past summer, Dr. Jamie Mitchell shared a snippet of the story of William Borden’s life (1887-1913), 26 short years. Interesting story but the part that impacted me was a quote Jamie shared from the Bible of this missionary. “No reserves. No retreat. No regrets.” A short time later, Keswick’s monthly bookmark bore this quote which I have displayed in my office. I love the sentiment.
When I think of a biblical example of a person that held no reserves I think of Paul. based on the Biblical account of his life, he lived all out with NO RESERVE. He was the most prolific writer of New Testament books, he made multiple missionary journeys, he started numerous churches, and he endured much hardship, yet he pressed on for the cause of Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:24-28 “Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.”
Paul had a passion for the things of Christ that drove him. It appears as if he didn’t even consider holding anything back. “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” Philippians 3:8.
As Paul neared the end of his life, he was still living with NO RESERVE. He lived all out to the end. “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come” 2 Timothy 4:6.
What testimonies of William and Paul. Their commitment and passion makes me feel rather puny. I know we are not to compare ourselves to others and I agree 100% with that, but their example of living for something far greater than themselves is notable. It begs the question, Am I living with no reserves? Does my life model living all out for Jesus or living for myself? That thought is a challenge to my heart today. How about yours?
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years. She has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren and 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all. She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.