Make Your Life Count For Something

May 19, 2016

Make Your Life Count For Something

All of us, especially young people, need to be challenged to make our life count for something. Even if you are retired you can make your life count for something by being a volunteer. We need to have a noble purpose for living. We need to have some goals and the self-discipline to complete them. Couch potatoes and those addicted to electronic games seldom succeed. Having a personal relationship with God will give you motivation and keep you from sin which can easily be your downfall.

Our reason for living should fit into the mold of what Jesus said in Acts 20:35. “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.Unfortunately, most of us aren’t inclined to think that way. We would rather get than give. Jesus was no fool. He spoke the truth. We do well to believe that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

If we are convinced that there is more blessing in giving than in getting, then the more we have to give the more we will be blessed. That’s why young people need to be commended for doing what they can without being told to do it. They should be encouraged to study and prepare themselves for the day when they will have an occupation that will enable them to contribute to the well being of others.

Satisfaction comes from giving. It is the satisfaction of knowing that we have something to give that meets a need that people have. Not all giving involves money. We give every time we meet someone’s need. That is why it is so important that we have a legitimate occupation. Doctors and nurses can give people relief from pain and sickness. Lawyers give people help in legal matters. Teachers help children get an education. Whatever occupation we have should make it possible for us to satisfy a legitimate need that people have.

Work is a drudgery if the only satisfaction that comes from it is the pay check. If we think like Jesus says we should, our work will give us the satisfaction of giving, but we will get paid for it. The Bible teaches us that work is honorable. That makes idleness dishonorable. The early church had a practice of giving financial support to those who were widows indeed and desolate. We read about that in I Timothy chapter five. In verse 13 the Apostle Paul warns that if they give it to those who don’t qualify, it will cause a problem. “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.”

There is nothing wrong with having fun, but if our life is lived just for fun and games it is a wasted life. It isn’t contributing anything. Ephesians 4:28 gives us the proper motive for working. “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” There are always those who, for no fault of their own, aren’t able to meet their needs. It may be because of sickness or some unfortunate situation in life. They need and deserve our help. If a person is willing and able to work he can nearly always find a way to meet his needs. II Thessalonians 3:10 says “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

As long as we are able, we should minister to our own needs, and to the extent possible, to the needs of others. For all of us, the time will come when we must depend upon others to minister to us. It is the give and take of this life. If we have been givers, we should feel no disgrace about being takers.

Those who are most to be pitied are those who have nothing to give. If you have lived to make your life count for something, it isn’t likely that you will find yourself in that unfortunate situation. You will be like the man we find in proverbs 22:29. “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.”

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