“Time!”

“Time!”

Truly, we are in the middle of summer!  It won’t be long until Christmas is upon us. … 165 days as of this writing … Oh, my, you say!

Time is going so quickly. Everyone is getting older, even if you were born yesterday. It seems as if we are being pushed towards the end of our time, and the end of the world! Do the math: If you’re age 15 and you live to be 75, you’ve only got 60 more years to live! If you’re 35 and live to be 75, you have 40 years to live (If you live that long). If you’re 55 and live to be 75, you have 20 years to live. If you’re 65 and live to be 75, you have 10 years. If you’re 70 and you live to be 75, you have 1,825 days left, or 43,800 hours left to live. Beyond that, well, you’re beating the odds.  

Good News! I believe we are part of the ”Rapture Candidate Class!”  Jesus is coming soon — sooner than we can imagine! You may never die! That’s a great Exit Strategy, isn’t it?

Let’ see what Ecclesiastes has to say:  “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.’”  Ecclesiastes 12:1

The key words of the verse? Remember … Creator … Youth … Difficult days to come … No pleasure in them.

We learn this from this passage: Solomon was one of the wisest men who ever lived. He warned us: Remember your Creator while you’re young. At ages 3, 5, 15, 25, 35, 55. Why? Because those great years are times you should willingly live the blessed life of an individual who loves and serves Jesus. You will be blessed, blessed, blessed if you serve Him. The “Difficult days to come” can have many possibilities — Bad or stormy human relationships with your family and friends …  tough economic times … health issues … loneliness … times of hopeless feelings, etc. Solomon felt that way at times: “When you have no pleasure in them.”

Make these days of your life the best! Enjoy each one to the max! Invest your time in Jesus and people. When you get to Heaven, you may well be asked to give an accounting for the days you lived. How did you spend those days? Did you love and serve Jesus? Did you build and invest in people? How many people did you win to Christ? Was your name honorable with God and people?

You can’t redo the days spent, but you can sure spend the rest of your days living honorably with God and people.

Pastor Stan