How would you value your life? By your ability to cook, earn money, program computers, make friends, entertain? Or maybe by your family and their well-being?
The apostle Paul told the elders of the church at Ephesus that his life wasn’t worth anything.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24)
Paul valued his life as nothing so that he could finish the course and ministry his Lord Jesus gave him. Is that how we value our lives? Our ministry may not be the same type of testifying to the gospel of the grace of God as Paul did. But, as Christians, we do have a ministry by which we fully testify to the gospel of the grace of God. And why? Because our Lord Jesus gave us this course and our unique ministry. And we should count our lives of no value except that we fulfill the course and ministry our Lord Jesus Christ gives us.