Let's take a look at the time we have on earth from the perspective of a much broader spectrum of measurement. If we are now 40 and we use a ball park estimate of say a life span of 38 more years or 456 months, or 13724 days, 329376 hours, or 19,762,560 minutes to live, those numbers can be very deceiving, and so we allow ourselves to be deceived by saying well, if we have a problem with needing to change our lifestyle to meet God's wishes, we have plenty of time and we go on about our way living in sin. And remember, we also can justify that by saying what we are doing wrong is really no big deal, so we just put our concerns away and continue our wayward ways.
Case in point: Me. Back when I was forty I looked at the numbers above and while I attended church and even taught Sunday school, I was not much better. Oh, I put on the outward appearance, but with my busy work schedule and ambition, I could departmentalize things and justify my very existence and, even then, I figured I had time to make amends later and I just kept on trucking. It took getting older for me to finally face the truth of my mortality, and while I am still a sinner today, I try much harder to avoid those things which cause us to stray from the Right and the True. But like all of us who whether we admit it or not are all sinners, I have a much clearer understanding of what is expected of me and I owe that all to faith and the discernment it has over time provided me. That comes from practice by reading the Bible, praying and joining in fellowship with others of like faith.
And let's even take look at a simple example, yet in its simplicity it makes things clearer. I think of this because of the time and season of the year and it is about the month of April which is on the horizon and will be here in just a few days. We all know, or at least most of us do, the old saying: April showers bring May flowers and, indeed, that is more often the case than not. But it isn't for sure, far from it, and I remember when I moved to Florida those April showers didn't come at all and we were under fire threat through April and even most of May. It made me realize that only God knows at any specific time what will take place since he knows everything. Each day when we awaken and begin our schedule for the day, we could drive to work and find ourselves in a fatal accident. We could have a massive heart attack walking down the street. I have even heard the stories of people chatting in the living room when a plane crashed into the house and killed them. Unexpected is so often the way our death comes that we must consider such things in making decisions.
So, the point I have to make is this. Regardless of our age, health and so many other things, we have no possible way of knowing when our death will come and if we wish to see heaven, we must make our choice before we open death's door. This means don't delay, tackle the issue today and realize that if we want eternity, we must accept our Savior on faith and faith alone as being the one and only Christ, and place Him second to none in our hearts, our thoughts and our actions. If we do this sincerely, we will never have to worry about life, for upon earthly death we will inherit a place at His table in heaven and we will bask in a new life with no pain, no suffering and only goodness and light. And no one can make the decision for us, for we must make it ourselves using our own free will. What am I suggesting? I am suggesting that we make that correct decision and opt for the Lord. What say you?
Dear Lord, We praise you for all of your greatness and the love and grace you show us every day. You are our Creator and King and we ask that you help us to live for you and in a way that is pleasing to you for as long as we breathe. Amen.