No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets.

The title of this thread comes from some entries into his personal journal by William Borden (1887-1913), a man who was born into a very wealthy family, but gave it all up to be a missionary and then died at 25 years of age.  His life really revolved around three comments he penned.

No Reserves.  No Retreats.  No Regrets.

No Reserves had to do with his determination to serve the Lord as fully as he could.  Though he could have enjoyed a life of ease and prosperity with the privileges of being born into a wealthy family, (upon graduating from school at age 16, his parents gave him a round-the-world trip), he would not suppress the burden of his soul to reach the lost for Christ.  His friends felt he was throwing his life away, but William knew it was nothing of the sort.  He knew that if he was going to serve the Lord, it must be with “no reserves”.

No Retreats was his response to the call of Christ to go out to China as a missionary and not to look back.  During his years at Yale, he started a little prayer meeting.  By his final year, his influence on campus had resulted in almost three quarters of the student body meeting for prayer on a regular basis!  Once setting out on his life of serving Christ, there was no such thing as retreating back to the old life and old ways with William Borden.

No Regrets was his comment when he was struck down with spinal meningitis at Egypt while on his way to China. (He died within a month of contracting his illness and he never made it to the mission field).

I believe the curse of modern-day Christianity is the vast number of people who are numbered as ‘christian’, but do not know either the cost or the terms that the Lord puts on such a life.  Christ meant it to be one of “no reserves”.  He stated it this way, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37).

And of those who do desire to live full out for their Saviour, how many never determined that it would be a life with “no retreats”?  They started out well, but never made a clean break with sin, they never completely yielded to the Lord, and so they fell prey to the “lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life”.  In a word, they retreated from their original course.

Because of failure in these first two areas, multiplied millions in the professing church today are living lives burdened with great regrets.  Are you one such person?  If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, next week, or next month, could you look back upon the choices you made in life, and the tenacity with which you followed through, and write, “No regrets”?

Joshua challenged the people of God in his day with a declaration of his determination.  “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”.  Let your determination to serve God be a witness and encouragement to others to do the same.  By the grace of God determine today that, for you it will be, “No reserves.  No retreats.  No regrets.”