How would you answer the question What makes your life worthwhile? Here are some possibilities:
- Having a fulfilling job.
- Being married to my best friend.
- Having the financial freedom to travel.
- Knowing that my kids are healthy and doing well.
- Feeling like I’m making a difference in the world.
I can relate to all of the above, but I believe the real answer runs deeper. Paul expressed it in Acts 20:24 – “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others about the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”
In his book, The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren writes that life is not about us and pursuing our own thing. Rather, it’s about finding and fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives. For everyone who professes faith in Jesus Christ, that involves telling others about the Good News of His love and forgiveness. Trouble is, many find that a daunting assignment.
We fear offending someone or losing their respect. We worry about being labeled as religious fanatics or as right-wing conservatives. We wonder whether we’ll lose friendships or be the object of behind-the-back whispers and jokes. And so we go through life keeping the Good News a secret all the while praying that God will save our family, neighbors and coworkers.
I admire Paul’s passion. For him, life was all about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with those walking in darkness. Nothing else mattered more. Not his bank account. Not his educational degrees. Not his popularity or status in the public eye. His focus was solely on finishing the work God had given him to do – to share the Gospel with others.
I want to be like Paul and share his passion for Jesus Christ. I pray that God will transform my heart so nothing matters more than finishing the work He’s given me to do – to share His love with those around me. May everything else – my personal comfort, my dreams and goals, my platform and position – pale in comparison. If you haven’t already done so, will you let Him do the same in you?
Imagine the difference in the world today if believers everywhere shared Paul’s passion and held to the conviction that their lives were worth nothing unless they shared God’s love with others. The thought boggles my mind. How does it impact you?