by Ken Trivette

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Have I Done My Best for Jesus (4 of 14)
Series: The Book of Malachi
Ken Trivette
Malachi 1:7-14

1. Ed Spencer was attending Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois. Ed was a rather well known athlete of his day, for he was one of the first to win a gold medal for the United States in the Olympics. The campus of Northwestern is bordered on one side by Lake Michigan. One evening, as Ed was doing his studies in the library. Outside a storm was raging. All of a sudden some fellows came running in shouting, ''The Lady Elgin has just been thrown in the rocks and is sinking.'' Ed ran from the Library out to the lake and saw the situation was indeed serious. Without a moment's hesitation, he rid himself of any extra clothing that might hinder him and be dived in the rolling, chopping waves. He was able to reach the wreck and, fighting his way back, he brought the first person to safety. He had repeated this heroic effort several more times when those on shore said, ''Ed, you've done all you can. You'll surely kill yourself if you try it anymore.'' Ed's reply was, ''I've got to go my best.'' He plunged again and brought another one to safety, and another and another until he had rescued 17 people. He could go no further and fell unconscious on shore. All through the night, as he lay in the infirmary, he kept repeating, ''Have I done my best, fellows? Fellows, have I done my best?'' He had done his best but the experience cost him his health. Years later, inspired by the story, Ensign Edwin Young wrote the song, Have I Done My Best For Jesus?

I wonder, have I done my best for Jesus, Who died upon the cruel tree? To think of His great sacrifice at Calvary! I know my Lord expects the best from me.

2. When we think of what our Lord has done for each of us, we are reminded that the Lord deserves the absolute best from each of us. To give our Lord less than the best is unthinkable when we think of how He died upon the cruel tree and gave Himself as a sacrif ...

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