How Do We Make Our Lives Count?

We all in one way or the other want to make our lives count. We want our lives to be significant but how is the question. Today we have a plethora of information on the subject. So I am going to add to that information. The question is, how do we make our lives count?

James 4:10 says:

Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].

So that is the short of the matter but let us go back to verse 8 if we are to get the full picture.
We want our lives to count. We don’t want to be another statistic. But to do that we are to draw close to God. As we draw close to Him the word says He will draw close to us. We are to recognise we are sinners who have been disloyal to Him with divided interests and we are to purify ourselves of the spiritual adultery that we have committed against Him!
In verse 9 it says:

[As you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep [over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins].

This is all part of humbling ourselves which needs to be taken seriously. As we humble ourselves we see God as He really is. We see Him in His full power. We also see how we cannot accomplish anything of worth without Him! In our humble state we are able to let God be God and have His way.
And that is the long of the matter!!

Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant]. James 4:10


Making Our Lives Count.

Why do bad things happen? This is an age old question.
One of my good friends was robbed last week. They took everything and they beat him badly. He had to be taken to hospital. Another man in my church went missing and after a few days was found murdered in his car. We live in a broken world. All these things got me thinking about this precious gift that God has given us called life. Life is precious and something that should not be taken for granted. I also got to think, did the man accomplish all that he was meant to accomplish? What were his last thoughts? It is hard when a life is snuffed out. I read a quote a few days earlier which hit me but more so now because of what happened.

It says, “When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die”. Jim Elliot

We need to think about what we are doing in the scope of eternity. Is what we are doing making a difference for eternity? If we were told we would die today would we be in regret over the things still to be done?
I want my life to count. I want to die knowing I have done all God has called me to do. What about you?
We live in a broken world but God has made us to be the light in it. Will you rise and be a light? God needs you to step up. He needs US to step up into what He has for us. Amen.