March to Easter // Day 31

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.  — Richard Bach

With twelve days remaining in the Lent Experience, lets look at how Jesus practiced the four principles we’ve discussed. How did Jesus live passionately, love completely, learn humbly and leave boldly?

When I look at Jesus’ life, I see someone who knew how to live. In fact, Jesus knew how much time He had left. So how did he live when He knew He had one month left on earth? He lived out these four principles we’ve looked at. First, He lived passionately. In fact, we call the end of His life the passion of Christ. He lived His life all out, totally for His Father and to make a difference in the world. Jesus was the most passionate person who ever lived, and He wants us to live with that same passion. In John 10:10 He says, “I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness.” (GNT).

He wants us to live a life that’s filled with the things He has for us. I recently attended the funeral of a dear woman in our church who was in her nineties when she went to be with the Lord, and everyone agreed that she had lived a good, full life. There’s a big difference between a full life and a good, full life. Maybe you’re living a full life – full of activities and distress and anxiety. But what I’m talking about is a good, full life. This woman lived a life full of compassion, and that’s a good, full life.

Jesus also loved completely. John 13:1 says, “Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love.” So what did Jesus do when He knew He only had one month to live? He loved completely the people He was closest to. He focused on the relationships that mattered most – His disciples. And in the same way, we can love completely by focusing with high intensity on those relationships that are most important in our lives. It never ceases to amaze me how much intentionality I need to pour into my relationships with my family in order to really connect. It takes being intentional every single day with each one of our children and with each other in our marriage and in every other relationship that is important to us for those relationships to thrive.

The third principle in the one-month-to-live lifestyle is to learn humbly, and Jesus was our greatest example of humility. Philippians 2:8 says, “He humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” Jesus was God Himself, and yet He humbled Himself, wrapped Himself in human flesh, and became one of us so we could experience God.

The fourth principle is to leave boldly, and again Jesus is our greatest example as He left an eternal legacy here on this earth, and He left boldly and went to be with His Father. He was ready to go. Luke 9:51 says, As the time drew near for His return to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” (NLT). Jesus went to the cross boldly. He was resolute in going to the cross because of His love for us. We can leave a bold legacy on earth as well and spend our days on something that will far outlast us.

When Chris’s mom was about the age Chris is now, she found out that she had cancer, and it wasn’t long until she was told she had one month to live. But the beautiful thing was that she had nothing to change. From the day she heard those words, she kept on living the same way. Why? Because she had been living intentionally all along. She’d been loving the people in her life completely. She’d been doing the things she needed to do. She hadn’t left things unsaid that she needed to say. So when she found out she had one month left, she was able to continue down the same path. My goal for you and for me is that we will live intentionally so we will have no regrets. I pray that when you and I reach our last day on this earth, we will know that we have lived completely the life we were made for.

One of the mysteries of life is that none of us knows when we’re going to die. But it’s a fact that we will die. “Man’s days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months.” (Job 14:5). If we’re willing to accept this and trust God with the end point of our time on this earth, then we can focus on how we fill in that dash between the year we were born and the year we will die. We can make our dash an incredible adventure of discovery, joy, and purposeful contentment. We can live.

Personal Challenge

1. How does Jesus example challenge you to live? Review the Scriptures in this blog post again as you examine your own life. What changes do you need to make to live more passionately, love more completely, learn more humbly and leave more boldly?

2. If your month was up today, what regrets would you have? What would you have left unsaid or undone? Make the most of the time you have now to act intentionally so you won’t have to live with those regrets any longer.

  • Anita

    I have a lot to think about when I imagine Jesus going to the cross boldly. Boldly doesn’t mean loudly (or the opposite of shyly) in this case. It isn’t bold like speaking in a bold voice. I think that here, boldly means, “willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger.” Boldly here means hardiness of heart. This gives me a whole new take on the gift of boldness that the Holy Spirit gives believers today. It may not be that I will speak the gospel loudly with great volume. It may be that I am speaking it with hardiness of heart. Blessings!