YOUR LIFE IS NOT YOURS;
“For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s”(Romans 14:7-8).
Instances abound all over the world of people who out of frustration took their own lives. Their reasons vary from being fed up with life and frustrated with society to outright self-defeat. It’s true that no one takes his own life joyfully, but a closer look would reveal that no matter the justifications, such acts are not only the products of selfishness but also of ignorance of God’s Word.
As Christians we need to realize that we don’t own our lives, the Bible says we’ve been bought with a price; (1 Corinthians 6:20); we belong to Christ. When the realization that God owns your life dawns on you, you’ll become more concerned with what His purpose is for your life, and the desire to fulfill that purpose would be the staying force of your life. Take a cue from the Apostle Paul, even at a time he was convinced he had fulfilled God’s purpose for his life he said, “… But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you” (Philippians 1:24). How inspiring! He chose to live to be of benefit to others.
Even if you think you’ve fulfilled God’s purpose for your life, still choose the honourable way of being a blessing to others. To undertake suicide means that one has chosen to live to himself or herself; he or she has decided how long to live and when and how to die. This certainly isn’t the way for a Christian; a Christian should on no account contemplate taking his own life, for your life is not yours.