“This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.”
Romans 13:11-14 NLT.
Time doesn't stop for anyone. Every second, minute, hour, day, week, month, or year is an opportunity to share the good news of eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord! We are all limited in the number of these God given moments. Eternity is real. Our current state of life is temporary. In Psalm 90:10 we are told “Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away.” NLT.
No one can know the exact length of their earthly lives. Death doesn't send a notice in the mail to warn us of its arrival time. We must live every day with eternity in our sights. We cannot allow ourselves to get distracted by the cares of living and forget that we are not here forever. We will eventually die or be caught up to be with Jesus when He returns. The world we live in is dying and eternity awaits. We must live every moment as though it is our last. We cannot afford to spend our time living in sin. The pleasures of this world are only temporary. Why forfeit eternity for the temporal? Enjoy the beauty and blessings of God but don't lose focus. We are on a time clock. We must allow our lives to be used by God for His will, not ours. Let's not waste the life we have, let's make it count for eternity. Our eternal destination, as well as the destiny of others is at stake. How will you live? Will you choose to live for self or will you choose to live for God? Take a moment today and do an honest analysis of your life. Are you truly living for the Lord or for yourself?
Rev. Curtis Norris