Robert Moffat: Resolution

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However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24

“I will place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. If anything will advance the interests of that kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time and eternity. May grace and strength sufficient to enable me to adhere faithfully to this resolution, be imparted to me, so that in truth, not in name only, all my interests and those of my children, may be identified with His cause.”

Robert Moffat (1795-1883) as recounted by David Livingstone in The Personal Life of David Livingstone: Chiefly from His Unpublished Journals and Correspondence in the Possession of His Family (London: Murray, 1881) 139-140.

From my research on the missionary who inspired Livingstone, I located this entry attributed to Moffat in Livingstone’s journal on 22 May 1853.

It inspires me to share something. Since GTP launched, over 3.5 years ago, I have kept a journal like Robert Moffat, David Livingstone, and George Mueller. I make an entry every few days or weeks as I feel led.

When I became CEO I sensed God speaking to me to “Take Notes” because I would have a front row seat of watching God build GTP. These entries, often serve as a resolution to the Lord. They announce my posture and dependence on Him.

Such resolutions emerge as vital for people who want to live generous lives. We declare God’s ownership of everything, resolve to use all He supplies to advance His purposes, and store treasure in heaven rather than on earth.

Think about it. Our living, giving, serving and loving flows from such a resolution. Our willingness to place no value on anything except in relation to the kingdom of Christ finds roots in a resolution to make Christ and His kingdom #1 on our priority list.

And it’s only possible to live out this resolution with grace and strength from God.

My meetings in Panama with God’s workers from 14 countries in Latin America continue to go well. Let me know if you want my trip reports from Brazil and Chile. Reply here and I will share them.

Appreciate your prayers to have the grace and strength to finish this two-week, three-country trip. Thanks.