I want you to think of folks you know who are immobile, cannot care for themselves, or are shut-ins. My mind quickly goes to Joni Eareckson Tada. She cannot do anything for herself. Yet, she has a worldwide ministry.
Here is another one I think about often. Nick Vijicic. He was born without arms or legs. He has ministered to countless folks. He is married and has four children. I encourage you to watch his videos.
Steve Saint traveled worldwide. He is the son of the pilot that flew onto the tiny beach in Ecuador. He and the other four missionaries were killed by the Auca Indians in 1956. Steve had a severe spinal cord injury on June 13, 2012. He was left partially paralyzed from the neck down. He was stopped in his tracks. Yet, the Lord has continued to use him mightily in a far different capacity.
Quality of life is defined through our thoughts on grace, not our abilities or mobility. Through 2 Corinthians 12:9, we get a broader view of grace. Paul asked the Lord to take away the thorn in his flesh. It says, “He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
When we keep our mind flooded with God’s word, our thought processes are righteous. When we fill our mind with our adversities, we default to our flesh. Hebrews 11 is a record of other’s walk of faith in the midst of adversity. Verse 33-34 says, “Who through faith…stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to fight the armies of the aliens.”
Verse 37 said that some were sawn in two. Verse 39 says, “And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise.” Faith is not a thought process. It is an incontestable heart belief in the gospel. Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
John 14:1 says, “…you believe in God, believe also in Me.” It is not enough to believe that God exists. We are called into a personal relationship with the Lord Who died for us on the cross. It is through Jesus’ death that we live. Paul’s words echoed this truth. Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Quality of life on this earth is living out the gospel. The gospel is designed to affect every aspect of our lives. We no longer live for ourselves, but we live under the control of the Holy Spirit. Our lives are to reflect that work through our thoughts, purpose, and actions being daily conformed to God’s will and ways.