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A Thousand Lives for One Love

Charles Spurgeon once said, “I feel that, if I could live a thousand lives, I would like to live them all for Christ; and I should even then feel that they were all too little a return for His great love to me!”

Oh, the depth of these words! They echo the sentiments of a heart aflame with divine love.

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, penned these immortal words, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39). This, dear reader, is the love that kindles the soul, the love that makes a thousand lives seem but a trifling offering.

Yet, we live not a thousand lives, but one. One life, a single thread in the tapestry, a solitary note in the symphony. How then shall we live this life? Shall we squander it on the transient and the trivial, or shall we, like Spurgeon, yearn to dedicate each moment of it to Christ?

The Psalmist declared, “Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.” (Psalm 63:3). If His love is better than life, then surely it is worthy of that life. Every breath, every heartbeat, every thought - a testament to His enduring love.

In the light of His love, our deeds, no matter how grand, are but dim reflections. Yet, it is not the magnitude of our deeds that matter, but the love with which we do them. A thousand lives lived for self will crumble to dust, but a single life lived for Christ will echo through eternity.

Let us, therefore, live this one life we have with fervor and devotion for Christ. Let every day be a testament to His great love for us. And though a thousand lives would be too little a return for His love, let this one life be a fragrant offering, pleasing to Him.

In the end, it is not about living a thousand lives, but about making this one life count. For when it is lived for Christ, one life is enough.