Your Life - Extended Edition

How many years do you have left?

I recently took a "life expectancy test" revealing the statistical probability I will live to be 71 years old. Some of the factors involved were fixed - family background, gender, etc. - while some of them were changeable - attitude, weight, and habits.

Immediately after I saw my score calculated I began wondering how I could improve it. More faithful exercise? Less Mexican food? More sunshine?

You'd probably pay quite a fortune to guarantee some extra years on your life - at least, I know I probably would. Many of us do (just look at the medical industry).

But what about spiritual life? If my life on earth is worth potentially thousands of dollars to preserve for even a little time, surely my eternal life deserves some attention.

What would I be willing to pay to improve my life after death? In eternity? Would I "sacrifice" some temptations and comforts here on earth, to "gain a better resurrection?" Would I be willing to "lose" my life on earth, for the sake of eternity?

Jesus said, "Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first." (Matthew 19:29-30 NIV )

Challenge: Jesus has called me to "lose" my life to "save" a life that really matters. What investment can I make in my spiritual health today?

Meditation: Mark 8:34-38, Hebrews 11:35


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