Saturday, February 13

My only aim

Scripture: Exodus 37-38, Acts 20

Acts 20:24 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.

Observation

Here is Paul’s farewell speech to the Ephesian elders—the pastors of the Ephesian church which Paul planted and where he spent 3 years.  It is a beautiful speech, one that should be memorized and pondered by every pastor.  

Paul tells them he is on his way to Jerusalem where he knows trouble awaits: prison and hardship.  V. 24 is his response to the danger.  

He is not saying that his life is worthless, but that its worth is only found in fulfilling his mission.  To live selfishly would be worthless; to do what God asked was what gave his life meaning, purpose and value.  So his aim was “to finish the race and complete the task” the Lord had given him, and that task was to testify to the good news of God’s grace.  To tell everyone the good news and so expand the Kingdom of God.  

Application

I’m in a new role at Life Center—I’m not retired, but my schedule is more flexible, and I intend to enjoy that!  I’ve been asked if I’m working part time.  No, my role is full time, and I’ve put in full time hours this week.  But I tell people that I’m more flexible; I’m not preaching every weekend.  So I am going to play a bit more.  Yet, I haven’t finished my race or completed my task!

Yesterday as I was thinking about that, and about my retirement funds, the Lord reminded me that my life is not my own (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 and Acts 20:24).  I have been bought with a price—the blood of Jesus—and I belong to Him.  The money I’ve saved belongs to Him.  My time belongs to Him.  My life is His—and that’s what makes it meaningful.  I’m still living on assignment; it’s changed in some ways, and not in others.  I’m still “testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”  I still want to help as many people as I can find and follow Jesus.  I just have a more flexible schedule, but I’m still living on mission.

So today (and this week and moving forward), I want to live with purpose and focus; I want to finish my race and complete the task the Lord gave me.  This is “my only aim.”

Prayer: Lord, thank You for saving me; I owe You everything.  My life belongs to You.  Here it is—I’m Yours.  Help me live for You full on every day of my life!