The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Does your life matter?

What is your life worth?

A few years ago emails were circulated discussing the value of a person’s life. Many of these emails pointed out the discrepancy between the salary of a schoolteacher and the salary of leading sports figures. It was noted that a schoolteacher contributed more to our society than a player on a basketball team yet the salary of the basketball player was thousand times that of a schoolteacher.

Followers of Jesus may be tempted to ask what value their lives have. In a society that values life based on fame, success, material possession, attractiveness, we may feel that our lives have little value. Well, we may actually be onto something. Read what St. Paul thought about the value of his life:

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:29).

The context of these words is Paul discussing how his life will likely end at the hands of a murderous crowd or magistrate. He finds that fighting for his life is not something he wants to do. The only value he finds in his life is doing what God has asked him to do and that is to talk about the good news of God’s graciousness to all.

What value is your life?

Ron Friesen © 2015

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