The brevity of life (half 2 of seven)
"Also think of your Creator in the days of your youth, before the bad days come and the years are approaching that you will say, "I have no pleasure in them.";; before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, on the day when the guardians of the house shake and the strong men are bowed … "
Ecclesiastes 12: 1-3
Read by Alistair Begg
Life passes us much faster than we imagine. I vividly remember the birth of my first child – and then it seemed that he was only a teenager a few weeks later. Suddenly we wake up older and realize that every moment can be the only moment we have left to live for Jesus Christ because life is very short.
As we get older, our physical and mental capacities dwindle, old friends die, familiar customs, which were routine, dissolve and our long-held ambitions lose their potential. However, these realities should not drive us to despair, but stimulate us. There is an opportunity every day! Derek Kidner writes: "Death has not yet reached us: let's rattle our chains and move us to act." 1 With the remaining minutes in our lives, we can raise our eyes and look at the fields because they like Jesus said that they are already “white for the harvest”. 2nd
With the remaining minutes in our lives, we can raise our eyes and look at the fields because, as Jesus said, they are already “white for the harvest”.
The Bible does not encourage us to wait until we graduate or marry, or settle, or sort, or withdraw to serve Christ. Rather, it encourages us to live in the awareness of what James the Brother of Jesus says: We shouldn't say, “Tomorrow we will go here and there and we will gain and do this and all these things. "But instead answer:" If the Lord wants, we will do this or that. "3 We do this because, as James reminds us, our lives are only" a fog that appears for a short time and then disappears. "4
Before the strength in our hands fails and our teeth, eyes and ears become weak, will we choose to live for Jesus Christ? If we wait until tomorrow, tomorrow may be too late. As C. T. Studd once said, there is
Only one life,
"Twill will be over soon.
Only what is done
Because Christ will last.