Good morning and happy Sunday! Today I’m sharing another installment in my “Scripture Sunday” series. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been reading the Bible daily, and the Scripture I’m sharing today is something that really struck me while reading a few nights ago. I hope this post empowers you the way this verse has empowered me. Enjoy!
Acts 20:24; But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
It’s far too easy to fall into the trap of being caught up in ourselves. I’m not even talking about narcissism (or self love, I’m all about self love!), just being too focused on getting to the next step in our education or career or maybe thinking about how a trip or event can benefit us (or our Instagram feeds) instead of how everyone with us can have a good time. I definitely see this in myself often. Being a blogger, I typically have the mindset that shooting an outfit post will be good for the blog and therefore good for the readers so it’s ultimately benefitting other people, but I forget the lengths of what I’m asking of the photographer (usually my sister). As much as I hate to admit it, I often think more about my life as an idea than as a plan to do something greater than a career or perfect Instagram.
I just finished reading the book of Acts the other day, and boy have I come to love Paul. His dedication, his faith, and his obedience to God have put those of my own to shame. Paul’s dialogue in Acts 20:24 says “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Man, can you say that? I strive to be able to say that about myself. The places where I find my identity and seek validation of success outside of God’s plan for me are ridiculous and this verse really opens my eyes to that. This verse is a serious priority check.
If I, at the end of my life, could say I attended my dream college, got the job I’d always wanted, had a happy marriage, and raised kind, healthy, and successful children, would I be satisfied with the life I’d led? Would that be a valuable life? Based on that verse and the epiphany it has brought upon me, the answer is no. I didn’t mention God once in that description of my “perfect life.” I know saying that sounds incredibly negative, but I’m empowered by the knowledge of that. I want to, like Paul, count my life valuable based on the spreading of God’s love I have done. If I’m not able to bring the gospel to others, my Christian life hasn’t served its purpose and therefore I really shouldn’t consider it to be of value.
This week, reevaluate your goals. What will it take for you to look back and deem your life of value? Will you consider your possessions, your relationships, your accomplishments, or the Lord’s ministry? Pray for guidance and reminders of your ultimate purpose.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week!