One verse that has really challenged me this year is Acts 20:24. It says, “However, 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” (NIV).
There are a lot of things that are worth something to me in life: my family, friends, doing well in my current location, furthering my education. I don’t think Paul is saying all of these things have to be worthless to us. Instead, our focus should be on God and His task for us, which for me, is being a part of reaching the 27.9% of the world that has yet to hear the gospel. I think when our focus is in the right place, then these other things fall into the right perspective. I can still love my family from Texas or Cambodia or wherever God takes me. I can further my education as a way of better reaching the lost around me. But my desire is becoming more and more to testify to the gospel of God’s grace, and I pray that He will continue to fan the flame of that desire in me.