But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
—Acts 20:24 (NLT)
What is my life worth? That is a question I have asked myself through this long healing process. Jesus made my life worth His life. My life is worth nothing unless I write and tell others about the extraordinary grace of God. The Gospel seems too good to be true. But it is true, life-giving, redeeming, freeing, healing, forgiving, peace-giving. To those who believe, the Gospel is the answer for abundant life now and eternal life in heaven.
Grace. The word itself sounds peaceful. The grace of Jesus gives lasting peace with God. But what might sound peaceful for those of us who believe was torment for Christ. He agonized in the Garden over what He knew God required of Him. His agony on the Cross for our sins is indescribable. He finished the work His father had sent him to do—to love us enough to die in our place. And in His death, we are free to experience His forgiveness and love beyond imagination.
I’m not anyone great in the scheme of God’s purpose, but recently I experienced His incredible love on the edge of eternity. As much as I could feel the draw of heaven, He spoke life to me. And now here I am—growing in His grace as I overcome each hurdle. Even in the sometimes difficult process of healing, His peace has claimed my heart. He is my healer. The devotions I write to build faith in others also builds faith in me.
What is your life worth? Jesus said on the Cross that it was worth everything to Him. Just as Jesus loved without condition, allow Him to love in the same way through you.
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NLT).
The love Paul writes about is God loving others through us without condition. His love is life for us! In the end, nothing else shall matter, but His love. That is why it matters the most now.
©2020 Lynn Lacher