“If by excessive labor, we die before the average age of man, worn out in the Master’s service, then glory be to God, we shall have so much less of earth and so much more of Heaven… It is our duty and our privilege to exhaust our lives for Jesus. We are not to be living specimens of men in fine preservation, but living sacrifices, whose lot is to be consumed.” Charles Spurgeon
What does a life well-lived look like?
How do you measure a successful life?
As Christians, I believe our gauge should be how much of our lives was consumes with and for Jesus.
Why settle for anything less then every bit of my life used up for Christ?
It’s possible. People do it all the time.
The priceless gift of the beauty and worth of Jesus are revealed to us because of God’s immense grace. We could behold that beauty and worth and spend the rest of our lives enjoying and pursuing Him, but we get distracted.
From the corner of our eye, something catches our attention and we wander off chasing that thing. And before we know it we’ve spent time, precious time, on something of infinitely lesser value.
Stop! Don’t let it distract you. Refocus on who really matters.
So here are some lessons from Paul on how to do that.
2 Timothy 4:6-7 (NIV)
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
A Living Sacrifice
Paul lived his life as if he was a sacrifice.
And when you live as a sacrifice you know that eventually you will be consumed — the sacrifice is burnt up or as Paul said it the drink offering will be poured out. And I believe when Paul said it, he meant that every last drop would be poured out.
Can you say that about your life? That every last drop will be poured out as an offering?
This is not our home. We are only here for a short period of time and then we will depart to be with Jesus.
Don’t live like this is your permanent home. It’s not.
You can’t give it all you’ve got unless you live with that in mind. This is not all there is so quit trying to make yourself a little heaven on earth.
Every day that goes by just means you are a little closer to heaven.
You have to fight to be consumed by Jesus.
When you don’t have anything left in you, swing one last time.
Take pride in it because it’s a privilege to fight the good fight for your King.
This is not a spectator sport. It’s all or nothing.