And Counting…

“But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace.” – Acts 20:24

silver and gold coins

I may have said this before, but I’m really learning the true meaning of many of the things that Paul wrote in the New Testament. For instance, when he wrote to Timothy that “godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Tim. 6:6) and when he said that “if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (1 Tim. 6:8), I really understand it. And it’s because I believe it and it is true in my life.

I don’t need to have a lot. There’s actually not very much that I own, materially, in this world. And I am okay with that. I didn’t bring anything with me into this world, and I’m not going to take anything with me, either. If I have to live, then whatever sustains me will, ultimately, do.

Sure, everybody wants to be comfortable. Who likes being uncomfortable? What I’m  talking about is not needing or desiring material things that are above what’s required for survival. You could offer me all the money in the world – half of it, just enough to pay off debt, or the exact amount to buy a cold soda, and it wouldn’t make me happy. I don’t care about things.

I’ll choose Jesus over any and every portion of temporary and material things that this world could ever possibly offer me. No amount of money or type of gift could ever compare to or produce the joy and happiness of being safe in the arms of Jesus. After all, what profit is there to gain the whole world but lose your soul?

All I want is to have the things that I need in the way that I need them. When it comes down to what’s truly important, I have all that I need in Christ. He sustains me, and He provides for all of my needs. He takes care of me in ways that I’m sure that I don’t even know sometimes. The way that He aligns events, people, and things to bless me is more than amazing. That’s His providence. He’s always thinking ahead and putting things in order to work them for my good (Romans 8:28).

I’m thankful for how God keeps on blessing my life. I’m thankful for and to the people in my life who care about and look after my well-being. And I’m thankful for how God continues to show His providential care for me – every single day.

I’m committed to the Lord and living my life for His glory. I’ve counted the cost, and it’s pricey. I remember the sacrifice of my Savior, every day. And the price that He paid for me is far greater than anything that I endure on this earth. It’s a blessing that’s hard to count without swelling up with tears. No matter who or what tries to stop me or get in my way of doing what’s set in my heart to do, I’ll love Him, and I’ll honor Him for the rest of my days.

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