But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus--the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
- Acts 20:24
Awhile back, I had a candid conversation with Billy Graham about heaven. I was speaking at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove, so one afternoon we had lunch together. He asked me what I was speaking on, and I told him that I was talking about heaven.
He said, "Tell me what you are going to say."
So I gave him a condensed version of my sermon on what the Bible teaches about heaven. It wasn't as though he hadn't heard these things before, but he listened with rapt attention. He and I have something in common: we both have someone close to us in heaven. His wife, Ruth, is in heaven. And my son Christopher is in heaven. When someone you love is in heaven, you feel as though you are tethered to it. You think about heaven more than you ever did before. You see the frailty of life, and eternity becomes more tangible and significant.
In his book, Nearing Home, Billy Graham writes about aging: "All my life I was taught how to die as a Christian, but no one ever taught me how I ought to live in the years before I die. I wish they had because I am an old man now, and believe me, it's not easy."
It's important that we understand our times are in God's hands. Our lives are a gift to us from God. God decides when your life starts. God decides when it stops. That is why the apostle Paul said, "But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus" (Acts 20:24). Paul summed up what really mattered in his life.
Your life is a gift from God. Are you living it for His glory?