You don’t have to take your life. Suicide is not your only option. You can choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). Jesus left the majesties of heaven and entered the brokenness of this world to give us abundant life, not death (John 10:10).
Why choose life over death?
In previous blogs, I answered:
- God loves you.
- God knows you by name before the world was ever created.
- God will never forget your name.
Here is another reason to choose life over death: There are people only you can love at this moment in human history. Unless you love them, right now, in your special way, with your unique touch, at this specific moment, they will not be loved. It’s part of your call on earth. It’s an important reason for why you exist at this moment on earth.
God created the entire world from one man. Through this man, all humanity has been formed and every nation’s and neighborhood’s boundaries have been formed through him (Acts 17:26). That means that where you live in your particular city is exactly where God intended you to live. The boundaries around your nation, city, and neighborhood were designed by God for you to live in. In other words, where you live is exactly God’s preordained plan for where you are supposed to live! It was in his brain before he ever created this world.
Ponder that reality for a moment.
Do you understand the implications of this narrative? It means that God delightfully designed you to live next door to your neighbors. He carefully created you to live in your neighborhood at this specific moment in all of human history. You are not living where you live by accident. It’s all part of a much larger, orchestrated, divine drama.
And here’s the zinger: Many of your neighbors need your love. They yearn for your visit. They hunger for your touch. They desire your words of encouragement. And if you don’t play your part in God’s divine drama and love them, the play will be missing an important actor. It will be incomplete.
There’s a song I really liked years ago. Its first line was, “I’m just a love machine, and I don’t work for nobody but you.” That’s our role in God’s play! When we accept Jesus into our hearts, we feel, sense, and know his forgiveness and love. And we know that we are called to be a love machine and we don’t work for nobody but him.
And our job description, until the day that God chooses for us to die, is to love our neighbors (Mark 12:31). Notice that we realize God alone chooses when we die, not us.
My mom died some years ago. I miss her a lot. She was a beautiful, charming, southern belle. I can’t wait to see her again in heaven. She taught me many lessons in life that I’ve passed on to my kids. But perhaps the one I remember most is this one. “David,” she said, “if you want to be loved, go love.”
Rather simple, right? But it’s so profound. If you want to be loved by others, go love others! It’s the law of reciprocity. It’s written into the way the universe operates. Whatever you give away will eventually come back to you.
Look around where you live. Pray to God today to reveal to you a hurt only you can heal, a need only you can fill. Then go where he calls you to go. Do what he tells you to do. Do so right now. Don’t hesitate. Don’t delay. Delayed obedience is disobedience.
What is next? Be a love machine to those people. Encourage them in their weakness. Give hope to their despair. Give healing to their broken hearts. Realize that only you are called to reach them at this moment in human history. Only you are called by God to lighten their loads in the part he wants you to fulfill in his play.
Now is the time. You are the person. And if you don’t respond right now with the love only you have and can give, that person will not receive a special blessing.
Guess what will then happen? Astonishingly, love will be given to you. God’s light will fill your soul. His purpose will consume your heart. Your life will possess new meaning.
You’ll realize anew why you are on this earth, living where you live, at this special moment in time, with your particular gifts and experiences. You know that you are very important and significant for God’s plans and purposes.
And life, not death, will be the focus for the rest of your days.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself
Mark 12:31 (ESV)