Weekly devotional

I recently found myself in attendance at three funeral services within the span of some 30 hours. I came away from this experience with a new grasp of an oft-spoken truth: life is short! While this may be sensed intuitively, it is affirmed by Scripture in James 4:14 (NIV), “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Whether it comes sooner or later, death is lurking and awaits each one of us. It seems to me, then, that the question we ought to ask ourselves is, “what shall we do to make sure that we live our short lives to the fullest?”

In Colossians 1:9-10 (CSB), the Apostle Paul gives an excellent answer to this question as he prayed, “that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him.” If life is truly to be lived to the fullest, it must first be lived in acknowledgment that Jesus Christ is Lord and in faith that His atoning sacrifice upon the cross of Calvary provides for our redemption and forgiveness from sin. A life of fulfillment begins by trusting Jesus. As Romans 10:8-9 (CSB) tells us, “This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

To maximize our lives further, followers of Jesus seek to understand the will of God and to respond to that knowledge by conforming our lives to His leading. This is done by the consistent practice of spiritual disciplines (e.g., Bible study, prayer and worship) both privately and in the fellowship of a local church body.

Don’t allow your life to slip away without experiencing the fulfillment of knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and following His leadership in your life. As Thomas O. Chisholm expressed so beautifully in his 1917 hymn, Living for Jesus:

“Living for Jesus a life that is true,

striving to please Him in all that I do,

yielding allegiance glad hearted and free

this is the pathway of blessing for me.

Living for Jesus, who died in my place,

Bearing on Calvary my sin and disgrace;

Such love constrains me to answer His call,

Follow His leading, and give Him my all!”