To make your life count, you don’t have to have a high I.Q. or good looks. You don’t have to be from a good family, or good school. You just have to know a few basic things, and be gripped by them, and be willing to live and die for them. One of the saddest realities is that many of us are not concerned with our life making a difference. Some of us only want to be liked, to have a great job, nice house, and financial security.
These strong words are from John Piper, a well-known theologian, preacher and author. He isn’t just saying this stuff for shock value. It’s true, if you want your life to count, Piper says, you just have to know a few basic things, and be gripped by them, and be willing to live and die for them. These “few basic things” are the realities that we are made for more than our life here on earth; God made us to know Him, and to make Him known to others.
Following Jesus requires more than working hard to have a fat bank account, being nice to people, or volunteering at a soup kitchen. If you want your life to count, Jesus said, you must lay down your agenda and pick up His, following Him. (paraphrase of Matthew 16:24) He laid down His life for us, now it’s my turn.
Do you want your life to count? I do. I’m going to start by surrendering my will and agenda today, and to pick up Jesus’.