Published May 31, 2016
The other day I was going through my emails and came across one of the daily devotionals I receive. The first six words were these: "Make your life count for God."
Boom! I didn't have to read any further. I was suddenly convicted. Am I making my life count for God? And, may I ask, are you making your life count for God?
Think about that. What does it mean to have a life that counts for God?
Living a life that counts for God is living a life that makes a difference for God. Doing nothing is not an option. The Christian life is called a "walk," not a "sit."
Here are a few obvious ways each of us can make our life count for Christ:
- Parents, bring up your children "in the training and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). Passing on your faith to your children is one of Scripture's fundamental rules. It's a priority, to be sure.
- Follow Christ's example in dealing with others in a spirit of love. This is true toward all people, but especially other believers. This counts for Christ because, as the Lord reminds us in John 13:35, "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." Our Christian love is all too often applied selectively but it should be for all people.
- Spare no opportunity to tell others about Christ. It is, after all, the commission the Lord gave to all Christians (Matthew 28:19-20). There is no more fundamental way to make your life count for Christ than to bring someone to a saving knowledge of the Lord. Be ready to do it! If you're ready and willing, the Lord will provide opportunities.
- Simply live your life in such a way that others see Christ in you. They might not understand what they're seeing, they might not realize that it's because you're a Christian, but they will see a difference. You'll arouse their curiosity. And that opens the door to telling them about Christ. In this "crooked and perverse generation" (surely an apt description of the days in which we live), we must, more than ever, "shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life..." (Philippians 2:15b-16a).
So, we say "make your life count for Christ." Make what count? Your "life." And that's really the first step. As Christians, we say we give our "life" to Christ. Do we? Do we really? After all, what's not included in our "life?" Nothing. Our "life" is everything! Our life is everything we are, everything we do. What else is there? There's no "I'll give this part of my life to the Lord, but I'll keep this other part for myself." It doesn't work that way.
Are you fully committed to Christ? Are you fully committed to living for Him every hour of the day, each and every day? Are you earnestly praying, seeking the Lord's will for your life? He'll show you what it is and He'll make it possible through His leading, if we remember that, as He said, "without Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5b), but, with Christ, we can do, as Paul said, "all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).
The Lord has created each one of us a little differently, as individuals. No two of us are exactly alike. There is no other human being alive today or who has ever lived exactly like you. And the Lord has a specific, unique job (or jobs) for you, individually, to do. Sometimes these roles are very "out front," in the public eye, such as with pastors or ministry leaders. Sometimes these roles are mostly behind the scenes, quietly making a difference, impacting one soul at a time. All are important! All count for God!
What talents has the Lord entrusted to you? What gifts has He given? How can you use them to spread the Gospel? How can you use them to minister to others in Christ's name? How can you use them to make your life count for Christ?
When people look at your life now, or someday in retrospect do they (or will they) remember the things you did for God? Will they think of things you've done to advance God's kingdom? When they think of you, will they think of Christ?
So... How are you, everyday, making your life count for Christ?
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