Maybe you’ve seen the old Western movie with Gary Cooper called The Hanging Tree. In the movie, Gary Cooper plays a doctor who saves people’s lives. In one scene, a young man gets shot; he’s dying. Gary Cooper rushes in to perform surgery and he pulls out the bullet and is able to save the man’s life. The man, grateful for having been rescued, asks what he can do for the doctor. Gary Cooper says, “Well, you know, I’ve always needed an assistant, so why don’t you assist me. I’ll teach you what to do.” When the young man asked how long the doctor wanted his help, Gary Cooper replies, “For the rest of your life because that’s how long you would have been dead if I hadn’t saved you.”

You can see the application! God has told us that this is exactly what He wants from us. Once you decide to become a Christian, since He saved you, He wants you to give yourself to live for His purpose, to His pleasure, and to accomplish His goals for the rest of your life on earth. Read Ephesians 2:1-10.

In Christ,
Jonathan Anderson