“Only one life, it will soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last.” This quote is etched on the headstone of one of my good friends and mentors in the ministry, Jimmy Nettles. His life was genuinely lived in light of the idea these words convey. He was always interested in talking to people about eternal matters; more specifically, he wanted to know if someone had a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. His passion and tenacity in such matters still inspires and challenges me today.
What challenges and inspires you? Have you taken a moment to consider the answer to such a question? What is moving you toward Christ? What is moving you to make positive decisions and impact the world? And, perhaps on a more important note, whom are you inspiring, motivating and making an eternal impact upon?
It is true that life is fleeting, a vapor and will soon be gone; what seems eternal in youth is soon seen as very finite by middle age. What we do with the time given offers an opportunity for eternal reward or loss. Opportunity may knock twice on occasion but it won’t knock forever. Will you open the door when the knock comes today?
David wrote in Psalm 39:4, “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered–how fleeting my life is.” Perhaps it would be a good thing if we joined him in his prayer. A gentle reminder of our limited time on earth can encourage us to make the most of the time we have.
Paul wrote something to the church in Ephesus which has always “stuck” with me in a profound way. He tells the first century believers, “We are God’s workmanship; created in Christ Jesus for good works which He prepared in advance for us to do.” The plan for today has been in the mind of God forever. He created us for this moment. If that doesn’t inspire and encourage us to make the most of today I don’t know what will!
This moment is a God ordained one…