06 Dec Something, Nothing – 12/6/20
Habakkuk 2:13 – “Behold, is it not from the Lord of hosts that peoples labor merely for fire, and nations weary themselves for nothing?”
In John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life, he highlights the lives of two missionaries that died for the proclamation of the Gospel in Cameroon. They were both over 75 years old. News reports labeled it as a tragedy. At a Passion conference in 2000, Piper explains real tragedy in the context of their martyrdom: “But I know that not everybody in this crowd wants their life to make a difference. There are hundreds of you – you don’t care whether you make a lasting difference for something great, you just want people to like you. If people would just like you, you’d be satisfied. Ord if you could just have a good job with a good wife and a couple good kids and a nice car and long weekends and a few good friends, a fun retirement, a quick and easy death and no hell – if you could have that, you’d be satisfied even without God. That is a tragedy in the making.”
We have an obligation as lovers of Jesus, who interceded on our behalf, to continually ask of ourselves: “What am I working towards, and why? Is my something, nothing?” – Because that would be the real tragedy.
Lord, let us not live a life of tragedy. Rather, let us live an abundant, glorifying, others-centered life. I pray for humility: that we can set our comforts aside, bow before you, and be responsive to your will for our lives. We praise you for the opportunity to serve you. In your Son’s precious name, Amen.