“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son…” John 3:16 (The Living Bible).
Not only did God send His very best, but Christ His Son came to save us from our sins, reconcile us back to God and give us life in all of its abundance (John 10:10). Out with the old and in with the new but how have we been spending the new life God has given to us? Have we been doing the same old things that have kept us bound?
During the month of September, I read an interesting quote which has caused me to ponder over the decisions I make in this life that God has given me. The quote says “Spend your life. And if time is a river, may you leave a wake”. The word wake has three meanings but the meaning that the passage is referring to is the track of waves left by a ship or boat moving through the water.
God wants us to leave a mark on the hearts of those around us each and every day. We are to be tools in the Hands of the Master. Our new lives are not to be self-centred but centred on helping others, we are to become the hands and feet of our Lord Jesus Christ to imprint His love in people’s hearts.
I read a story by N.D. Wilson called ‘Spend Your Life’ (from the book entitled ‘Death by Living’) which blessed, encouraged and challenged me immensely. N.D. Wilson gives an account of his Saturday family nights but focuses on the life of his grandfather. A man who had rowed in the Naval Academy and worked tirelessly all his life was still full of energy at the ripe old age of eighty-five he still wanted to impart into others.
His grandfather would spend those family nights talking about his life not to brag but to encourage, giving out wisdom freely in order to see the lives of his family uplifted. He would read out Bible verses over all his grandchildren. He was sowing seeds into their lives, he was not hoarding his nuggets of wisdom but he was like a sponge, squeezing out and refilling again from God.
What an amazing story. I begin to think and wonder if I am using my life to be a blessing or just living to exist. The morale from N.D. Wilson’s story is that before we leave this Earth we must be as empty as possible. Not empty as without Christ but using our life to invest into others to leave a mark to be an inspiration to fellow believers and to leave a legacy. Amen!