"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful." – 2 Timothy 4:7 NLT
Heir to a family fortune, William Borden was expected to enter business. Born on this day in 1887, he seemed set for life. Then a high school graduation trip around the globe changed everything. Seeing the needs of the world, he felt called to the mission field.
Many thought this was a terrible decision. One friend commented that Borden was “throwing himself away.” In response, Borden wrote in his Bible, “No reserves…Say ‘no’ to self and ‘yes’ to Jesus every time.”
He began leading a small group that exploded into a campus-wide movement. By the time Borden was a senior, more than a thousand students were participating. He also inspired others with compassion for widows, orphans, and the disabled.
Feeling God’s call to reach Muslims in China, Borden turned down some job offers. In his Bible, he wrote two words: “No retreats.”
Hoping to learn Arabic, Borden stopped in Egypt on his way to China. But there, he contracted spinal meningitis. Within a month, he was dead.
His zeal for the Gospel impacted countless lives. A newspaper wrote, “A wave of sorrow went round the world.” His biography declared that he not only gave away his wealth but also gave himself in a way that was “joyous and natural.” It all was “a privilege rather than a sacrifice.”
Think about the impact of your life. Renew your commitment to follow Jesus wherever He leads. Seek to be a living sacrifice.
Lord Jesus, I commit my life to You. May my life count for eternity. In Your name, amen
2 Timothy 4