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)
Have you ever thought about how to encapsulate your whole life into a few words, like an epitaph? What would it say?
There’s a funny picture circulating on the internet where the subject, when deceased, would want their friends to wear FBI jackets and sunglasses to their funeral, to make it seem like they had a mysterious and thrilling secret life. There are many humorous photos like that, but they all concentrate on people remembering and elevating the deceased.
For true believers, however, it’s not so much about a legacy we leave in this world, because anything of this world will eventually crumble and be forgotten. It’s all about making God known to the world, to bring attention to Him through the sweet-smelling sacrifice of our lives, not to put the spotlight on us.
While we’re here on this earth, we want to live our lives well and to the fullest, which is done through the overflow of His Spirit in us. People will see supernatural grace, perseverance, love, hope, and faith in true believers who live what they profess to believe, not just talk about it.
And at the end of my fleeting time on this earth, I hope my epitaph would speak of a servant of Christ who finished the race to His glory. Though I may stumble during the race, I will get up with His help, and live my life well…and finish it well.
“Live It Well” by Switchfoot sums it up well: we want to live our lives well for Him.