Tuesday, November 29, 2005
You know you're going to die. Your clock has been set, it's ticking away. There's nothing you can do to stop it. Tick, tick, tick... As Ray Comfort said, "Your heartbeat is the drumbeat of your own funeral march." (or something like that, my memory is failing me already!) The hands you are typing with are going to get old and feeble, your body won't work so well, your eyes will fade, and then you will die; unless you die young. Either way, you're still on your way to an end that will sever you from your human body. In 100 years, your body will most likely be rotting in the ground, unless, of course, the Lord should come back. Anyhow, the only clues to your existence will be what was. Just think, at some point directly connected to this moment by time, you will die. 10 out of 10 do. Think about dying for a minute, and how this will be your end, and then compare it to the issues you've been arguing today, the things you had fights about, the things you took offense at. Compare them to the fact that 1000, 500, or even 100 years from now, no one will care about the exploits of your life, if you happen to be someone commonly in the public eye, you might be thought about now and then.
Some people find death a dark and gloomy thing, and indeed, they ought to! Living this life without Christ, headed towards death, would be a frightening thing. I find the thought of death is an incredible motivator. For one thing, it is the only thing that separates us from eternity. Many souls are on their way to doom, uncaring, unknowing. It is also humbling. God is powerful and everlasting. Our bodies, however, are but a vapor, and will pass away.
The saying is so true: Soon this life will be past, only what's been done for Christ will last. Make everything you do count. If you're not a Christian, I urge you to consider the laws of God that you have broken, and what you face on judgment day. God is just, and He doesn't and can't excuse sin without payment. Realize what Christ has done for you by His sacrifice for you on the cross, turn to Him, and make what you do count!
And Christians, stop bickering, put things in perspective and keep your eyes on the One above. It's not worth it. The material things we consider so important now must absolutely not keep us from our goal, they are just not worth it!
Kent Hovind in his lectures shows a tombstone of someone long past, with a name and two dates (1899-1948), then asks, "What are you going to do your dash?" I ask you the same.