You can live your life in one of three ways: waste it, spend it, or invest it. Psalm 90:12 challenges us to think about our purpose as we approach each new day, “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” In order to live a meaningful life, we should consider a few things from the life of the Apostle Paul, a man who sought to make his life count for eternity.
- A Definite Aim. In Romans 15:16 Paul tells us that because of the grace of God he would “be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles.” To live a life of purpose means to live a life on If we aim at nothing we are pretty sure to hit nothing. A casual and careless person lives only for the moment, while the life lived in conformity to Christ lives for the service of others and the reward of eternity.
- A Desired Availability. Paul wasn’t successful because he had more ability than others but because of his availability. He often speaks of being dead to self in order to be alive in Christ. Paul was available to the Lord because his own selfish purposes were dead. He united with Christ in his death so he could fully identify with Christ in his life.
- A Daring Ambition. Paul was driven to do only that which fulfilled his God-given mission: take the Gospel of Jesus to people who had never heard it. This godly ambition was fueled by a burning conviction that he would live eternally with the Lord.
Paul didn’t fear the loss of this world because he knew it was not his home. You see, once you have found what you will die for, then you have found what you will live for. Remember this:
- What you spend, you lose.
- What you save, you give to others.
- What you give to God, you will always have.
What kind of mark will your life leave on this world? The answer depends on whether your purpose in life is temporal or eternal. Live today in such a way that people not only know that you lived, but they know why you lived. Make it count for eternity!
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