The Spectator-to-Server Shift – Going All Out
Key Bible Verse: I will gladly spend myself and all I have for your spiritual good. – 2 Corinthians 12:15
Bonus Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Eric Liddell won the 400-meter race in the 1924 Olympics in Paris, as featured in the movie Chariots of Fire. Afterward, he said that knowing he wasn’t expected to win, he went “all out.”
Along with developing his athletic skills, Eric shaped a servant’s heart, overcoming shyness to speak for the Glasgow Students Evangelistic Union both before and after his Olympic feat. He then served as a missionary in China. After Japan invaded and occupied China, Eric was among some 1,800 civilian “enemy nationals” forced into an internment camp at Weihsien.
Knowing the times were desperate, Eric went “all out,” as he’d done in the 400, to help others. He taught in the improvised school, organized and coached an athletic program that included rugby and basketball, planned and spoke at Sunday services, taught Bible classes, organized weeknight activities for teens, resolved bitter conflicts between fellow internees, and carried coal and water for the weak. “Uncle Eric” somehow found time to give many personal attention and care. For one girl, he made a beautiful notebook filled with drawings.
Having shaped a servant’s heart his whole life, Eric was mentally prepared to reach out with God’s love to those in great need.
—James Hilt in Wisconsin
My Response: What am I doing to shape a servant’s heart?
Thought to Apply: God is not looking for more stars; He’s looking for more servants.—Howard Hendricks