I love a good, slightly over-ripened tomato that’s been warmed by the sun. My grandmother used to put unripened tomatoes on a shelf in front of a window to let them sun-ripen. When they were perfectly ripe, we’d devour them. Mmmmm… A few times she forgot about them and they’d over-ripen and begin to rot. What a waste! Those tomatoes were robbed of their joy of becoming a savory treat!

And we pray this in order that you
may live a life worthy of the Lord
and may please him in every way:
bearing fruit in every good work,
growing in the knowledge of God
(emphasis added, Verse 10 of Colossians 1:3-14)

This is verse 10, of a larger passage which I encourage you to read for context. But let me summarize.

Paul has heard about the zeal and fervor of the people in this church. It excites him, and he encourages them by telling them that he’s been praying for them – specifically how their personal & corporate spiritual growth will cause a spiritual revolution in the people they encounter. In other words, he wants their enthusiasm about their relationship with God to spill out, causing more people to know Christ.

I think we all have a built-in desire to matter. We want what we are doing to have significance. I do. But, I want to get past that struggle. I want to move past the question, “do I matter?” which is a question about me, to “does my life count,” which is a question of others.

The answer to the first question ought to have been answered by the cross. Jesus gave his life for me – he did not die for nothing. In light of God’s grace, I matter.

The answer to the second question is yet to be answered. Will I let what Jesus did for me “count?” Will I let Him bear fruit through me – or am I content only to continue to sit in the sun and ripen on a shelf.

What about you? You already matter – will you make it count?

— in His grip…

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  1. Great reminder. I always think of those collectibles like baseball cards. There are entire books devoted to what rare ones are worth, but it always comes down to what someone is willing to pay. Since we know Jesus was willing to pay it all for us, our value is settled and we should see everyone else as valuable as well. I do want my life to count. I want to be focused not on the temporary, what is seen, but on the eternal, what is unseen. My kingdom will come to crash, but His endures forever. Thanks Herb.

  2. I truly desire to live a life that counts- too often I feel like I have squandered the opportunities to make it count which then leads to the cycle of guilt. Not going to live there anymore- just going to try to live in a way to make it count!

  3. Okay, here she is again. Question from me. What do you mean by “Will I let what Jesus did for me “count?””

    I will go on by saying that lately I’m praying Romans 12: 1-8 every morning. I made it my own.

    “In view of God’s mercy I offer my body as living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God which is my spiritual act of worship. I do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but I let myself being transformed by the renewing of my mind. Then I will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will. I don not think of myself more highly than I ought, but rather think of myself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given me. As everyone else, I am a member of the body of Christ, and I’ve been given gifts according to His grace. Lord, let whatever gift there is come out. Teach me and give me the courage to use it for Your glory. Amen.”

    I want to go on to the part about love but I feel I have to pray this one for now.

    1. Making it “count” means to allow what God did for you to work in someone else too. It means, after praying this: “Teach me and give me the courage to use it for Your glory.”, that we actually go and “use it for Your glory” – “it” being the gifts that God gave us. 🙂

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