PASTOR RICK'S BLOG  

It is possible to waste your life. Few things make me tremble more than the possibility of taking this onetime gift of life and wasting it.

Every morning when I walked into the kitchen as a boy I saw hanging on the wall the plaque that my mother had made “Only one life, it will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” And now I am 59, and the river of life is spilling over the falls of my days with tremendous speed. More and more I smell eternity. And oh, how I want to use my life well. It is so short and so fragile and so final. You get one chance to live your life and then the judgment.

The passion of the unwasted life is to joyfully display Christ by the way we live. Life is given to us so that we can use it to make much of Christ. Possessions are given to us so that by the way we use them, we can show that they are not our treasure, but Christ is our treasure. Money is given to us so that we will use it in a way that shows money is not treasure, but Christ is our treasure.

The great passion of the unwasted life is to magnify Christ. Here is the text that, perhaps more than any other, expresses what life is really about: Philippians 1:20-21; Paul says, “It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.”

Paul’s all-consuming passion was that in his life and in his death Jesus Christ be honored, that is, that Jesus Christ be made to look like the infinite treasure that he is. The reason you have life is to make Jesus Christ look great. There is one central question that should govern all the decisions you make in life and in death: Will this help make Jesus Christ look like the treasure he is?

The way we display the supreme worth of Jesus in our lives is by treasuring Christ above all things, and then making life choices that show that our joy is not finally in things or even in other people, but in Christ.

If your passion is to display the worth of Christ, and to treasure him above all things, and to risk and sacrifice for the display of his glory, then I do not doubt that God will use you mightily and the glory of Christ will shine through you and people will see and put their trust in the Lord.

It is my consuming passion that over my life and yours will be written the words: “This life was not wasted. This life gladly displayed the glory of Christ, both in life and in death.

Walk In Joy

Pastor Rick

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