I remember walking with a friend at a local park on a beautiful spring day. A man on a motorcycle rode by us on the entrance road. He promptly made a U-turn and exited the park. He was obviously taking a joy ride on a such a nice day. Continuing our walk, we heard a fire whistle about fifteen to twenty minutes later in the distance. A couple days later I learned that the man on the bike was involved in an accident and fatally injured only a few minutes after we had seen him.
All of us have had experiences such as this. It brings us into focus with our mortality. The world teaches us; “here today and gone tomorrow.” But God instructs us; “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15, 16). Our time and how we spend it matters to God.
Life is Short
The Scriptures are very clear that this life is brief. David asked of the Lord, “…make me to know my end, and what is the extent of my days, let me know how transient I am. Behold, Thou hast made my days as handbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing in Thy sight.” (Ps 39:4,5) And again in Psalm 144 David describes our days “like a mere breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”(v. 4)
What are you living for?
Yet in our brevity the Lord desires us to do something of spiritual value for now and for eternity. Jesus did not save us from our sin so that we might live life for ourselves. He saved us so that we should serve Him in the newness of life. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Col 3:17) You do it for the Lord by serving others in love (Gal 5:13,14). Not one of us knows the number of our days, and we could be in His presence sooner than we think. Your life and what you do with it matters to God!
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