I wonder if you knew that you only had hours to live, what would you do? Visit loves ones, get your finances in order, maybe make some calls... whatever the case would be for you personally, I can tell you what you would do: You would do the thing that was most important to you while you still had time.
In 1 John 2:18 we read 'Little Children, it is the last time:...' That is to say there is not 'another time'. We are not here just in preparation for 'another time' This is the time, this is our time and it is the 'LAST' time. The seconds are ticking away, the clock counting down 'til Jesus returns will soon strike midnight!
What are we to be doing in this 'last time' - what is important? Well while we have health in our bodies, and a calling on our lives, there is one important thing we should be doing - making sure we are living out the life of grace that God has enabled us as christians to be partakers of. 'NOW is the day of salvation' (2 Cor 6: 2) the bible says. Now is the day of God's grace. We are never promised a tomorrow - we only have today, we only have NOW. Don't miss the opportunities God is sending your way. Don't leave things too late.
My son is coming up to his main school exams soon and I have been emphasing the importance of revision. The revision has to be done now - it will be too late to revise on the day of the exam. He has to make the most of his time to revise now if he is to do well in his exams.
The same applies to our lives.... we need to make the most of the opportunites God gives us now, whilst there is time. Jesus said in John chapter 9 ' I must do the works of him that sent me, while it is still day: The night cometh, when no man can work.'
Someone once said 'Life is not a dress rehearsal' - they were right, this is it. Just as Jesus had his 'now' time, so we have NOW to do what God has called us to do. One day I will not be here - I will have died. I don't know when that day will be. You do not know when you're day will come, but when that day comes for each of us it will be too late - 'the night cometh when no man can work'
I am not meaning to be negative, for those in Christ, for those that have trusted Jesus and know Him as Saviour and Lord, the sting of death has been dealt with,Hallelujah!! A day will come when we enter into eternity to with the Lord Jesus forever - what a joy that will be!!
Until that day comes however, we need to be alert, watchful, prayerful, and sharing the love of God and the gospel wherever we can - we must work whilst it it still 'day', while we still have opportunity and still have time.
Steve Mullins ( @drybonestrust )