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—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. (Acts 20:24)
Yes, to us, life is important.
We value it so much that we don’t want to let it experience pain, hunger, sufferings and bad things.
As much as possible and as much as we know, we would like a happy, contented, worry free world to live on. But being a servant of God, being a Christian believer is a different thing. Part of Christian life is to experience the trials, tests and temptations to evaluate the faith received if it is genuine in the eyes of God.
Tests and trials comes in different forms, in different causes and in different sources.
Once they came, we have to face them all. We have to withstand everything until our faith becomes gold. It is called the trial of faith mentioned by Apostle Peter. It must undergo the test of fire to find out how strong is our trust and faith in the Lord God. That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (1 Peter 1:7)
The faith we received from God is somehow a task that needs to be done according to the will of God. We are the doer and God is the commander. He commands us to execute all His laws and instructions, and all we have to do is to follow them with all our heart, mind and all our soul.
If we don’t do them, God will remain God. If we don’t do them, we loose the chance to become part of His promise, the eternal life in heaven, where He dwells.
As a task that needs to be done, we know that it has already begun when we received the faith through His words. When we are baptized in the church of God, we know that it is not the end of our search.
To have found God is not the end of our search, it is only the beginning.
Apostle Paul did not value his life like others did. This is not telling us that it is okay to waste our lives. This means that when he received the ministerial duties from God, this has been his most important priority in life. All he wanted is to fulfill his task given to him by God, without giving much important in his life. This is a sacrificial love, a selfless love that anyone can give.
His task is to testify the good news of the Lord.
Isn’t it our task also?
Do we know that it is also our duty and task to be part of the preaching of the Gospel of the Lord?
In our own little way we can be part of sharing the words of God. We can make contributions financially, emotionally and spiritually. It will depend on what we can give. Just remember, we can only give what we have. We can’t give what we don’t have.
Apostle Paul made an example on how to finish the task given to him by God. He see to it that he fulfill his duties until his dying moment. This is what God wants us to do, that until we die, we hold on to our faith, to hold on to what we have received from God.
Remember the dying Christ on the cross?
He fulfilled His mission here on earth and on His last words He said, “It is done.” Like Him, we have to finish our tasks too. The important thing here is to made known to us what is our mission.
Are we clear on our missions, our tasks ?
Why do we ask if we are clear?
Because we can’t do it and we can’t finish it they are not made known and clear to us.