“But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus -the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love. –Acts 20:24
Many people think life is pointless. Of course, most of those people would never say it that way. Television flashes its set of values as though advertising a fast food restaurant – it looks good on the outside and gives momentary appeal, but it doesn’t satisfy in the end. What happens when you strip away T.V., society-approved morals and look into the lives beneath? Empty people living for a fantasy. Why should we be any different?
We should be different because of what Paul says in Acts 20:24. Paul was speaking this verse to the elders of the church in Ephesus just before he set sail to Jerusalem. He knew by the Holy Spirit that he would be imprisoned there because of his faith. But even with this knowledge, he said that it would be worth it because his life was devoted to spreading the Gospel! Like Paul, we have a defined purpose given us by God. We are part of the glorious work of bringing the good news of salvation to the world.
That one little verse in the middle of Acts should change the way we live. We should wake up in the morning thinking about our goals as children of God. We don’t have long on this earth to be part of God’s work, but He has given us this time to try to bring as many people as possible into the kingdom of God.
Next time you are tempted to live your life in a way which tells people life is pointless, stop and remember the message of Acts 20:24.