What should we value more than our lives? That question would no doubt produce many interesting answers. We would die for our children. We should be willing to die for our spouses. And we should be able to say without fear of contradiction, from the depths of our hearts,

Acts 20:24.
“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. “

Love the Saviour and live, not to be seen but that He might be seen through the work he has called you into. Oh that we might finish our courses and the ministries that we have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and then leave the planet with a clear conscience.

Note that Paul says he wants to finish his course. Compare that wish with

2 Tim. 4:7 (ESV)
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

God granted Paul’s desire that he finish what he had been called to do. Considering all that Paul went through in his life as a missionary and Apostle this is a virtual miracle, certainly a shining providence. Mortals are no mortals here until their work is done.