- Have you ever heard someone say “it seemed like yesterday”?
- Have you ever heard how victims of theft will say “it all happened so fast”?
- Have you ever heard a busy person say “wow, where did the time go”?
This reminds me of three things. The first is death. Death is like a thief that will rob everyone of us of our existence on this planet, so it’s important to live wisely and thoughtfully.
Like so many fireworks, life flashes past, and suddenly you’re immortal.
Like a ship, life rolls through storms, and as the fog clears, eternity is seen.
Like laser tag, one runs busily through the game, trying to win, but when the buzzer sounds and the lights come on, we realize life, like a dream, was fleeting and temporary. Now the real life begins.
Only what is done for Jesus lasts with this short time. What we do now determines every moment of every day of our forever … rank, status, joy, pleasure.
“But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” – Luke 12:39-40
Finally, the third thought concerns time.
Our time is robbed by the trivial, and suddenly we’re out-of-time. There could be a number of “good things” we do which rob us of time, whether it be fun, nice causes, hobbies, entertainment, marriage-to-your-job, and more.
How do we think of GOD’s work on earth? Are we energized by the thought of His work and His Word? Do we anticipate the end of business or school or tasks, because we can’t wait to start sharing Christ or spending time with Him in prayer? With the same passion as a person who reads a love letter or who rides a roller coaster? With as much of a thrill to our inner being as those who sinfully enjoy a Harry Potter book that promotes witchcraft or watch a movie that glorifies fornication?
Only the Mission of the Gospel and obedience to Jesus in living holy lives will matter someday. All our other activities are time-wasters unless they support the one focus of GOD’s kingdom. The more we are Spirit-filled, the more passion, joy, and excitement we will experience from doing His work on earth.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” -Hebrews 12:1-2