God has given each of us a life to live. Some may live only a few days, while others enjoy century-long longevity. Regardless, all lives will eventually come to an end, and we will have to give an account before the throne of God. Shouldn’t we make sure that our lives are meaningful in the sight of our Creator before that day comes? We must be different from the world and respond to God’s calling to live a meaningful life while we still can.
Living a meaningful life starts from a change in our values. When God revealed Himself to Isaiah through a vision, Isaiah’s eyesight was elevated from the physical to the spiritual, moving him to live by faith and not by sight (Isaiah 6:1-8). Though Uzziah, king of Judah, had been a prosperous king, Isaiah saw the comparative value of serving the everlasting King of kings. Naturally, serving the Almighty God would not involve financial compensation, self-realization, or promotion. On the contrary, it encompassed physical suffering and the emotional pain of being rejected by those to whom God sent him (Isa 6:9-12). However, he was willing to do it simply because of the unsurpassable value of being close to the LORD.
Paul said, “If we are beside ourselves, it is for God” (2 Cor 5:13). The love of God motivated him to sacrifice what others could not sacrifice and to live a life that others were not willing to live. A life of servitude, he understood, was an opportunity and a blessing that far surpassed anything else the world could, and had, offered to him.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal 2:20)
When the Spirit of God is continuously kindled in our hearts through prayer and His Word, we will be filled with zeal to respond to His sacrifice for us with life-long service for Him. Our servitude will be free of hidden motivations to please ourselves or for self-promotion. Instead, we totally deny ourselves for the sake of God’s glory, that through our humble work in the fields of harvest, the Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified.