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Living, Not Merely Existing
TEXT: ACTS 9:32-43
Key verse: “Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them” (Acts 9:39).
When people discover that there is more to life than merely existing, they would live differently than they do now. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people in our world have an entirely wrong idea about life and living. They think that life is all about themselves. They want more money, power, position, popularity, pleasure and all that will make them feel better and happy. They do not think of others and if they do at all, it is how they will exploit others for their own advantage. The fact is that people who live like this do not really find the true happiness and fulfilment that they seek eventually. True life is about living to fulfill God’s purpose for us, growing to our full potential and sowing seeds that will impact on others. The story of Dorcas in our text, shows that she really understood how to live. Her life was not a selfish, self-centered one. She seemed to have understood God’s purpose for her life and lived to fulfill it. She lived for others such that the impact of her life on others was so strong that when she died, they refused to let her go! Instead of burying her, they washed her up and laid her in the upper chamber and sent for Peter. When Peter arrived, all the widows were all over him, weeping and showing the impact of Dorcas’ life on them. Living to fulfill God’s purpose is what actually gives real meaning to life! You may not need to be raised back to life when you are gone like Dorcas. But the question is, will you be missed by anyone? What is the impact of your life today? Are people being positively touched by the influence of your life, or is your life such a wearisome burden that people will be glad for you to go? The point is, we will be missing the real essence of living if our lives have no testimonies of touched lives. Fulfillment in life is not measured by the amount of wealth we have amassed for ourselves, but by the number of faces we have been able to put smiles on even with our little substance.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Living to fulfill God’s purpose is what actually gives meaning to life.