However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. (Acts 20:24 NIV)
Paul knows that his future involves prison and hardships. And boy do they come!
But Paul says in this verse that he considers his life "nothing." And he lives like it too.
He continues, "My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task The Lord Jesus has given me." He is very focused.
Paul then defines his life aim: "The task of testifying to the good news of God's grace."
So let's summarize what Paul's life is all about:
1. Mission over Life. Despite prison and the hardships that await, Paul considers his life "nothing" compared to advancing the mission.
2. Singular Focus. His only aim in life is to "finish the race and complete the task" Jesus gave him.
3. God's grace out. The only task worthy of his life is to radiate and testify to the "Good news of God's grace."
And Paul didn't just talk about this. He lived it. Daily.
Imagine if we all lived this way...
We would be less concerned about what happened to us, what other people thought about us, and whatever else life offered us.
We would live more fruitful lives because we would live more focused lives.
We would live more joy-filled lives because we'd be busy sharing, showing and enjoying the grace of God.
So what do we do with this?
I think we should re-prioritize our attitudes and lives in at least three ways:
1. See the mission as life. Said another way, we love God by loving people. Mission is life. When we see ALL OF OUR LIFE as part of living the mission, we are most closely aligned with God.
2. Focus is key to living on mission effectively. Light is pretty harmless--that is until we focus it so much it becomes a laser beam. Then it can cut steel.
3. Grace is the fruit and the message. The mission is and relies on us living the very message we share. Word AND deed. Together these are a potent combination.
What is God saying to you?
What are you going to do about it?