58. Maximizing Our Lives

by Apr 29, 20242024

What is it you most want to do with your life? Some say we can do anything to which we put our minds. I wouldn’t agree with that statement, but I would say that every one of us has the potential to make a big difference in the lives of others. I would also say the amount of difference we make directly corresponds to the desire we have and the effort we take.

It may not be all that popular to measure and evaluate how we are investing our energies, but I think it’s a healthy exercise nonetheless. The message of Scripture resounds with statements such as, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21, NIV). God sent his Son to earth to redeem mankind from our sinful pursuits. Once we become reconciled to God through the forgiveness of our sins, and our relationship is restored to our Creator, we recognize there is a call on our lives. It’s not a call to live for ourselves, but “for him who died for them and was raised again” (2 Corinthians 5:15, NIV). We become challenged by Acts 20:24 that says, “But I consider my life of no value to myself; My purpose is to finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace” (CSB).

Our Reasonable Duty

Friends, these and so many other verses of Scripture, cause me to look at life as a great laboratory in which I am called to present my body as a living sacrifice to God, which is my reasonable duty (Romans 12:1, personal paraphrase). I believe we are called to put our lives on the line so that He can use us for His Kingdom purposes everywhere we go and in everything we do.

In short, the role God has given to each of us is to be fruitful. To spend our lives and expend our energies in calling others to follow Jesus and offer their lives to Him. Talk about fruitfulness! We have been given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18), the message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19), and have been made Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us (2 Corinthians 5:20).

Who Before What

We have not been fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) to only live for ourselves. He has crafted and designed us to find our highest value in serving Him as we encourage others. Living our lives in service to the Savior is to what God has called all of us.

John 15:8 says, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourself to be my disciples” (NIV). Is this your passion? Is this what means the most to you? Friends, it is what God has asked of each of us. Will you deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him? (Matthew 16:24)

I love following God and experiencing His leading in paths of righteousness. Those paths will always lead us to help others, living in such a way that we bear fruit in honor and service to the One who saved us. How could we do less?! Living a fruit-filled life that constantly displays God’s love and grace is truly the best way to live. And it’s the only way to make the biggest difference in the lives of others. So, let’s be fruitful!