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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

LIVING FOR CHRIST


 

Today’s Reading:

Acts 20: 13- 38

“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.” (v. 24)

 

Apostle Paul in his address to the elders in the church at Ephesus in one of his numerous journeys spoke passionately about how he has taken a lot of heat for the sake of Christ and confronted with many oppositions. Yet in the midst of this, he was determined to make Christ known despite the warning by the Holy Spirit that prison and hardships are facing him. This poet of Grace considered his life as nothing with the sole aim of finishing the race set before him.


More than ever before, we are confronted with the challenges of either living for Christ or rolling with the world. We live in a dispensation whereby living for Christ is not fashionable and only a few take to this path. Apostle Paul’s statement in verse 24 reveals the following truth on how we can live for Christ.


“…I consider my life worth nothing to me…” If you will truly live for Christ, you must know that your life belongs to Him and all of the worth thereof is determined by Him. Jesus said, “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this life will keep it for eternal life.” John 12:25.


“…my aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given…” No man can live beyond the understanding of the assignment they are cut out for. And this boils down to knowing the eternal purpose you are meant to fulfil in the body of Christ. Until you know your customised purpose, you will probably live for everything and become nothing in the end. Men of purpose are men of courage that are ready to die for that one thing they believed they are cut out for. What is your God given assignment? How committed are you to finish the task just as Paul declared?


Little wonder, towards the end of his sojourn, he declared, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4: 7.) This is God’s ultimate desire for you; that you finish the race he has set before you as you make Him known everyday no matter the plot of the enemies. Only then, can you declare you have lived for Him.

IKOTUN NEW BREED ADEBISI


PRAYER:

  1. Father, I receive grace to see more of you and less of me in my everyday endeavour.

  2. Dear Lord, grant me the knowledge of what my purpose in the kingdom is.

  3. Let me be consumed with zeal for your kingdom assignment.

  4. I am strengthened in the face of adversity to advance the cause of Christ.

  5. I receive your divine grace to finish my race and keep the faith in Jesus’ name.



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