Make The Life Commitment.
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me….” Acts 20:24
A group of Indians were walking by Mother Teresa when they saw her hugging a leper. One of the men commented, “I wouldn’t do that for all the money in the world.” Mother Teresa replied, “Neither would I. I am doing it for the love of Christ.” Not because it made her feel good. Not because it made her rich and famous. Not because it paved the way for the Nobel Peace Prize. Completing the task the Lord had given her was her only aim. Nothing in life trumped her love for Christ. She never forgot who she was living for.
Neither did Paul. In his farewell to the Ephesian elders he warned them that difficult days lay ahead. Some among their very flock would distort the truth and draw others away (Acts 20:30). Despite the inevitable discouragement such betrayal would bring, he exhorted them to keep pressing on. He reminded them of Jesus’ words— that a life of giving and investing in others exceeds a life marred with self-interest. He never forgot who he was living for.
How about you and me? Let’s commit to live for Jesus in every aspect of life. We will undeniably fulfill the great commission as we remember our only aim and not forget who we’re living for.
Lord Jesus, help us weak vessels resist all the pulls of life that threaten to draw us away from the things that really matter. Help us not forget that the only life worth living is life lived for you. Amen.
Take some time to consider the priorities in your life. Ask the Holy Spirit help you put first things first.