“I have but one candle of life to burn. I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than a land flooded with light.”
John Keith Falconer
Falconer forsook a life of ease as a Scottish aristocrat and athlete to take the gospel to the Arabic world. He is buried in Yemen
Life is a valuable commodity. It is short but eternal. It is but a vapor, yet it is the most important resource we possess. What do you want to do with your most valuable resource?
- Keep it hidden – that has been tried to embarrassing results. Remember the servant who buried his talents. (Matt 25:14f)
- Keep it safe – really, safety is an illusion. Are you really so safe that one phone call or email couldn’t cast your life into chaos?
- Keep it for yourself – good luck with that. Remember the adage, “Never seen a hearse pulling a U-haul.”
Falconer reminds us that in our lives are God’s. The challenge before you today is, are you willing to spend your life serving God’s mission or your own? God’s mission always drives us into darkness even though the light is more comfortable. It always sends us to the edge of ourselves, when it would be easier to stay in the same rut and routine. Do not settle for burning your candle where it will never be noticed. Invest your eternal life in something that will last for all eternity.
Jesus, Lord of the Harvest, here I am, send me into your field.
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog www.betweenthetimes.com