I am never in control. Sometimes I think I am as least when I am driving. I say to myself, “I have control over this car. I know how to drive. I can probably handle a phone call, as I drive. I can try and reach out to my bag and get something out, as I drive. I can do all this, as I drive. I have been doing this for while. I am good at this. I am a pro.”. But the truth is no matter how careful I think I am, even if I concentrate fully on the road I am not safe from any accidents that may happen to me. There will always be another driver of pedestrian who errs on the road and his error might cost me greatly.
The Great Equalizer
A young lady died recently in nasty car accident, because, as people say she was reckless, driving at 160kph. I think there was a fair share of unluckiness at play. But no one can really tell what could have happened if life’s events had been ordered differently. C.S. Lewis wrote, ‘”To know what would have happened, child?” said Aslan. “No. Nobody is ever told that.“‘. So we can never tell what would have happened to her.
But as we all know, death is the great equalizer. Physical death brings everyone to the same levelled playing field. No matter the kind of life you lived before. When death comes knocking, we can only but answer. So at this point of death, what then matters most?
The Only Thing That Matters
“To live is Christ to die is gain” Philippians 1:21. I have read this so many times. But I don’t think I ever truly understand the weight of this truth whenever I read it. If anything everytime I read it, I feel like I never truly understood it before.
Truly, is “to live Christ” to us? To give our lives in such a way that magnifies Christ? To live in ways that portray the value of Christ. If I died now, my life would be in vain if I did not live it to glorify Christ. I think we need to take stock of our day to day interactions. How do I relate with my workmates? How do I interact with my work? How do I interact with my family? How do I interact with my friends? How do I interact with strangers? A bold statement like “To live is Christ, to die is gain” requires bold actions. There are no two ways about it. All of life is meant to portray Christ.
Living For Who Matters Most
So how do we live life in this manner? How can we live life that will not one day be termed as “a wasted life”? It can seem really tasking to live like this. Analyzing every situation and seeking to live life for Christ. A friend once mentioned to me, “Living like that is hard. I can’t do this for everything in my life. Sometimes I just want to do stuff and not give it much thought.” Nothing God commands us to do is easy. If it was, then there would be no need for the ever empowering Holy Spirit. I know I need to train myself to submit every area of my life under the authority of Jesus Christ. However, this does not happen overnight, or in the split of a second. Change that is inward takes time, needs consistency and above all reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit. As 1 Corinthians 6:11 says “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
It is only by God’s power that we live lives that please God.
At the end of our lives, we need to answer the question, “Was our living for Christ?”. God desires to help us magnify him in our living. God has availed His Spirit to help us live like this. There is an amazing book Don’t Waste Your Life (http://www.desiringgod.org/books/dont-waste-your-life). This book reminds us that the main aim of life is pleasing God and in pleasing God we are pursuing our greatest joy.