“Remember your leaders, who spoke the Word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13:7, NIV).
Consider the outcome of their way of life
Many of the sacrifices on the road to greatness in God’s eyes are only brought into perspective when viewed from the end, looking back. Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying, “Hindsight is 20/20.” Often the choices we make in life can only be accurately evaluated when looking back on them. We can see both the consequences of mistakes and the benefits of positive decisions. When we’re no longer in the moment, we can gain a clearer perspective on the journey.
A classic illustration of this truth comes from the life of a man named C.T. Studd (his biography appears in It's My Turn). Born in the 1800s, C.T. grew up in a wealthy family in England and made a name for himself through playing cricket (a British version of baseball). He later shocked the sports world by answering the call of Hudson Taylor and sailing for China as a missionary.
While in China, this twenty-five-year-old missionary received final confirmation of the inheritance he knew would be coming from his father’s fortune. By today’s standards, he was independently wealthy. In short, C.T. gave his fortune away to the likes of D.L. Moody and George Müller (their stories are also in It's My Turn), who God used to impact millions of people in life and faith.
Many in the world might see C.T. as “twice the fool,” setting aside a sports career and his wealth for the sake of “missionary work.” In hindsight, C.T.’s life impacted more people for Christ than his athleticism or fortune could have ever amassed had he held on to them.
What resources has God given you, financial or otherwise? Consider the outcome of what you might do with those resources throughout your life. Dialogue with God to see if there are ways He would like to show you to steward those resources for His Kingdom.