But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love. Acts 20:24
My ears rang with the harsh sound of my dog barking early in the morning. All I wanted was to roll back over and sleep. What was the point of waking up when I only repeated the same routine every day? Eat, work, sleep—a never-ending cycle. Nothing seemed worth the monotony.
I’ve found much of the world unconsciously thinks the same way. People buy into a lifestyle of living only for the sake of living—never truly knowing if there’s a point to all of it. Sometimes they stop to consider the question, but then only go on about their business with a heavier heart after coming to no conclusions. Why should I be any different?
A couple of days later I was reading a book about martyrs and their sacrifices for Christ, when I read this verse in Acts: But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love. I lingered on it because it answered the questions I’d been asking days earlier. Paul clearly said my purpose should be to tell other people about God’s wonderful kindness and love. I am on a divine assignment.
The next time I went to work, I had a chance to share my faith with a co-worker and I saw just how fulfilling it was to do what God had set up for me to do. I left that conversation more encouraged and excited than the man I’d been talking with. I now knew this was what I was made to do.
That one little verse in the middle of Acts changed the way I live. It can change the way you live too. No longer are you confined to a colorless world, but you are given purpose because of the command of God to share the gospel with the world. The next morning it was a little easier to wake up.
When you feel the nudge to share God’s word, heed the call. You’ll find satisfaction in the task
Aimee Lynch is a homeschooled high-school student in Gaithersburg, MD. She has a heart for children whose parents are divorced because she grew up in a single-parent home after her own parents divorced when she was five. Her blog, allfilledup.wordpress.com, is a place where she seeks to encourage other kids in difficult situations. In what little free time she has, she enjoys gardening, reading, getting involved in various youth projects, taking walks on the beach, and writing articles.
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