Earlier this week Christendom lost an amazing man by the name of Billy Graham. Many of you probably know who he is & may have been impacted by his ministry in some way. He passed away at the age of 99 & a lot of people have been talking about how he lived a good life. It got me thinking about the importance of making your life count. The Bible talks about how life is but a vapor & how we should always be ready for Christ’s return. It’s really easy with all of the things that go on in our lives to become distracted & really not be focusing on living for Christ to our best ability. Billy’s death got me thinking about how I want my life to count & how important it is that our lives count. We will be held responsible for everything we do on this earth & I want God to look at me & tell me that I’ve done a good job, that I helped impact this world for Jesus. I’m sure many of you have this desire as well. I know we tend to beat ourselves up a lot when we don’t feel like we’re measuring up, but God is gracious He knows our heart. There’s this amazing quote by C.S. Lewis that says, “Of course God does not consider you hopeless. If He did, He would not be moving you to seek Him (and He obviously is). Continue seeking Him with seriousness. Unless He wanted you, you would not be wanting Him.” So here’s what I want to encourage you all with, let’s be intentional this year in our relationships with the Lord, no more waiting around, or saying you’ll do it next year let’s take the steps we know we should, to move towards what God has for us. Your impact may never be as large as Billy Graham’s was, it might not even be as big as the person who sits next to you at church but guess what? It doesn’t matter whatever you do for Christ counts. When we make steps towards the things of God it counts, it might be something as simple as being consistent in your devotional times, that still counts it’s showing God that you value Him & you want to make your life count for His purpose. Let’s not ever take for granted the blessing of our lives. Let’s not forget that Jesus gave up His own life that we might live abundantly in ours. Let’s make 2018 a year of taking steps towards making our lives count.
Our purpose is to do what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of others.
2 Corinthians 8:21
You were chosen according to the purpose of God the Father and were made a holy people by his Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be purified by his blood. May grace and peace be yours in full measure.
1 Peter 1:2
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth”