How satisfied are you that your life is counting for something significant and meaningful to the God who made you? Do you find yourself wasting a lot of time, worrying about things that are not worth worrying about? Are you disillusioned with a self-seeking world, wondering if there is greater purpose and destiny?
I recently attended a class with a friend of mine who is in global missions. That night, the class was taught by a missionary from Wycliffe Bible Translators named Dennis Cochrane. Dennis shared the story of his assignment with his wife and their five-month-old baby girl to a remote mountain village in Papua New Guinea. There, tucked away on the top of this mountain, was a secluded tribe of 20,000 called the Duna people. These primitive people had no contact with the outside. No roads led up to their hidden world. They had their own distinct language which was only spoken and not written.
Dennis's task was to learn their language, which took several years... develop a written language, which took several more years... and then translate the Bible into that language, which took several more years in addition. During that time his family had to survive among these people, win their trust, and live a life of seclusion and loneliness in a grass hut.
The Duna people believed in spirits that had to be appeased through the sacrifice of pigs, offering their blood to obtain the spirit's favor from harm and receive forgiveness from sin.
After many years of developing their written language and translating the Bible, Dennis was able to share with them the love of God, their creator, who sacrificed not just a pig, but His only Son to pay the price of forgiveness and redemption. He introduced them to Jesus Christ, who had shed His blood for them once and for all.
The tribe, after hearing the good news of Jesus, discussed it among themselves for a full two years. After much deliberation and contemplation, this entire tribe was altogether converted to Christianity.
Dennis Cochran, I'm guessing, is close to 80-years-old. I'm also guessing from the clothing he wears of forty years ago that he most likely has accumulated no wealth. Yet this seasoned saint seemed to have something that was quite striking and completely irresistible. He had a humble glow about him that spoke of complete peace and fulfillment. He shared with excitement of how these 20,000 saved souls would fill the heart of the Savior and bring us closer to fulfilling the Great Commission.
Well, needless to say, I walked out the door asking my friend rhetorically, "What have I done with my life?" "What of my life would hold such value that could even compare to what this man has accomplished in the kingdom of God?"
Personally, at age 60, I am re-evaluating my purpose and destiny. I am asking myself some hard questions that need to be answered.
I don't know how old you are, but as long as you are still breathing, it’s not too late.
God has chosen you to join His plan to cover the earth with the light of His kingdom. I'm not suggesting that you quit your job and move to the other side of the world to a remote primitive village. But what about becoming a participant in the process of fulfilling God's plan to gather people from every tribe and nation?
Can you pray? Can you support people through your local church or missions agencies who are reaching the unreached peoples of the world? Can you be a missionary to your own neighbors and relatives and find a way to communicate the wonder of God's love through His Son Jesus Christ?! Where might you need to sacrifice your time, energy, and money to live a life of significance and purpose?
In Philippians chapter 3, verses seven and eight, Paul states his status in the kingdom of God this way...
"But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ..."
May you and I gain the simple awareness of the world around us and deepen our commitment to live a life that demonstrates the kingdom of God. May we, in obedience to His call, do our part to fill the heart of our Savior, as the people He died for receive His love and find their pleasure in fellowship with Him.
If, in the end, that is what I have done with my life... then I, like Dennis Cochrane, can be at complete peace and be filled with the satisfaction of my Savior, whose life was given for me that I might give it back to Him.
So now I ask you... What are you doing with your life?