Ministerial Meanderings

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I was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Laurel, Maryland. I served in the United States Air Force for 20 years then retired. Then God led me to become a pastor. I was converted to Christ in the summer of 1966. I enjoy the company of my wife, children and grandchildren. I live with my three cats Hobbs, Taz, and Chloe.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

No Man Knows ...

It never ceases to amaze me at how quickly death comes for us. I was thinking about titling this post "Of Buildings and Bridges and Other Things" but I changed my mind. But I ask you to reflect for a few minutes. Very few people wake up in the morning thinking today will be their last day on the earth. On September 11th, 2001, those folks in the World Trade Center buildings were there for another normal day at work. New York City was going about it's daily business. I very much anyone had immanent death on their mind that morning. This past week, as people drove home from work, stalled in rush hour traffic, several people died when the bridge they were stopped on collapsed. Who would have thought? I doubt anyone sitting in their car was thinking "This is the day I could die." The evening of July 8th, my father went to bed like he always did. That night, in his sleep, he had a stroke and never woke up again. he passed away on the 11th of that month. None of these people had death on their minds, but it came for them anyway.

People live like they are immortal. Few, very few, live in the shadow of their mortality. The Bible says the number of a man's days are in God's hands. But we are not God. We don't know how many days we have. But the Bible also warns us that it is presumption to assume that we will be here on the earth tomorrow. In about 3 weeks I will be celebrating my 50th birthday. I am in good health and could end up living another 30 or 40 years (or more). However, I know I could die today. This could be my last day on the earth.

The late Dr. Walter Martin, the famed "Bible Answer Man, " once observed "We need to live our lives as though Christ will not return for 1000 years, but we need to live each day as though we expect to see him tonight." There is a lot of wisdom in that statement.

Beloved, our first priority is what God thinks about us. Reflect for a minute if you died today, would your actions be the things you want to be doing when you come face to face with God? If you died today, would today be a day worthy of being your last day here? Are the things the things that are worth doing on your last day? When you are gone (to your heavenly home) did your life count for something?

I was just thinking this morning and I wanted to remind folks to live in light of their mortality. Enjoy the day, the time you have left, however long it may be. May your life count. Don't waste it. Love people. Love your family and your children. Love God most of all. Live like it matters what you do. Make today a day worthy of being your last. Make every day worthy of being your last day. If you can do these things, you'll do well.


Blogger James Lush said...

John aka Spurge,

An excellent commentary on the situation in Minneapolis. I was thinking the exact same thing and posted a few comments on my blog.

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