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A Full Life

November 29th, 2010 Posted in sermons

How should I live my life on this earth?

What purpose does God have in mind for me, now that I have received His Son Jesus Christ into my heart?
This is a question every believer should ask, because if you have no goals or purpose, you can waste your life. As I have often said, if you aim at nothing, you are bound to hit it.
Many people simply want to prolong their lives, rather than try to find their purpose in life. Certainly medical science is helping us live longer lives. We can add years to our lives, but we cannot add life to our years. Should our primary goal be to prolong our lives, or should it be to live life to its fullest?

Jim Elliot

Jim Elliot was fresh out of college when he felt the call of God to go to the mission field. Tragically, Jim and four other young missionaries lost their lives in the jungles of Ecuador in an attempt to reach others with the gospel. It might seem like a terrible waste of life for such a young man with so much promise. But after his death, this entry was found in one of his journals: “I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus.”
That’s a good goal: to live a full life, a life with meaning and purpose. We don’t know how long we will live; that’s up to God. But life isn’t merely a matter of years. It is a matter of how we live. It is not the years that count, but what you do with those years.

Heartaches will come.

Sometimes, heartaches, trials, and tragedies can threaten to squeeze all of the meaning out of life. In our darkest moments, we may even wonder why God leaves us on the planet. But if our heavenly Father has chosen to give us life for another day, we can be sure that He has a purpose in doing so. We need to wait on Him, keep our eyes open to every opportunity, and trust Him daily for the grace to keep us going.
“If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! ”
(Matthew 5:15 MSG)



2 Responses to “A Full Life”

  1. michelle says:

    life can be so full of everything that is not “of Him” I need to be on my knees and on my face daily in order to hear His voice. Sometimes I don’t even hear it as I used to. I think it is because He speaks clearly to me in the Word when I ask for Him to lead me for the day. I open the Word and it is exactly what I need or in retrospect, what I needed. That is the full life, more of Him and less of “me and the world” I am crucified!

  2. Walter says:

    Everything you are pouring into us is so valuable Greg, thank you for sharing it all the good the bad and the ugly I am richer for it.

    Now I go out to apply it with the world around me, excellent blog post today.

    In Him I Sing
    Santos

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