A Life Worth Living

When I was a teenager, the word ‘risk’ spelt ‘fun’ – because the riskier something was, the more fun would be involved!
I remember cramming into the back of a farm ute looking for rabbits to catch. We would cook marsh mellows on bonfires the size of small houses, swim in the sea after dark and set fire to kerosene filled toilet rolls to play a game of ‘fire soccer’!
But over the years life has become a little more sanitised and these days we do almost anything to avoid facing any kind of risk. We carry around bucket’s of hand sanitiser, fill out risk assessment forms for everything and consult the ‘prophets’ (our insurance companies) as to whether we should step outside or not.
But deep inside, we know that a worth living is not found in the preservation of life, but the willingness to lose it in the pursuit of something even greater. As Martin Luther King Jnr has said, “If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live”.
Paul was one man who discovered a life worth dying for. He was even warned that if he continued to follow course he was on he was at risk of losing everything:
‘A prophet [came and] took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles’ – Acts 21:10-12 (NIV)
Paul’s friends tried to speak some sense into him, however he refused to settle for a safe and sanitised life that would rob him of true happiness and said:
“Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus” (13)
Paul headed to Jerusalem where a crowd of religious leaders ‘raised their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!” (22)
However Paul had already determined that following the call of God was worth more than preserving his life and therefore was even more alive than the ones who were persecuting him.
Like Paul, decide to risk everything to pursue the call of God on your life. Because as you do, you will discover a life that is truly worth living!

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