In 2016 we have been challenged to grasp that we have ONLY ONE LIFE.
Therefore we want to be sure that our lives are not wasted.
This will be seen in two foundational areas of life:
A. Knowing Christ
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21)
This expresses what Paul had discovered in knowing Jesus - He was now Paul’s greatest joy, and satisfaction. Even if he died and left everything behind, for Paul that would only be gain, because he would go to be with Jesus, his greatest treasure.
This is a New Testament definition of a Christian - without Jesus we are dead in trespasses and sins, but through faith we are made alive in Christ. The Christian knows that they owe their life to Christ and so they live their life for Christ.
B. Making Christ Known
I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace (Acts 20:24)
For the apostle Paul there was no greater ambition or priority than completing the work Jesus gave him to do - testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. This is a commission we share in common with Paul (cp. Matthew 28:19-20) - this is the mission that Christ is passionate about. If we grasp that we have only one life and that it’s been given to us, in Christ, to fulfil this great task then that transforms our attitude in the home, in the workplace, in our leisure time, in our church.
We all have only one life - therefore we only get one shot at using it well. Let’s spend our lives in knowing Jesus and making Him known
1. We dedicate ourselves, with the strength that God supplies, to use our resources, time and talents, to reflect the greatness of Jesus Christ.
2. We dedicate ourselves, by the Spirit’s enabling, to be bearers of the Gospel in our homes, our communities and our workplaces that sinners might be saved.
3. We dedicate ourselves by God’s grace to use these church facilities to advance the work of the Gospel in Aberdeen and beyond, that Christ would be exalted and His name glorified.