Where does time go? It seems only yesterday that I was playing right tackle for the Greenback Cherokees. Just minutes ago, I was looking into the eyes of the most beautiful girl in the world as I said, “I Do.” And our children, how could they all have grown up so fast?
Somewhere it hits us all. Maybe it is at your grandmother’s funeral. Perhaps it is when your older brother left for the Marines. For some of us, it is when we make our first house payment, or at our daughter’s wedding. But there comes a time when we realize that life is more than ballgames, pizza, and homework. Time is marching on. The days of our life pass quickly.
The Bible tells us that God has ordained the days of every person’s life. In Psalm 139:16, we read, “All the days ordained for me were recorded in Your scroll before one of them came into existence.”
Our life is a gift from God and a seed of our parents. Every life is unique. There is no one exactly like you in the universe. No other person can live your life. When your days are done, there is no recycling bin to recreate you for another round of use. We only have one chance to make our life count. So can I ask you, what are you doing with your one-and-only life?
When all is said and done, will your life have counted for something? Will it have mattered for eternity’s sake?
Can I ask you a couple of questions?
- If you had lived in Nazi Germany as a believer in Christ, would you have taken a stand against Hitler?
- If you had lived in Alabama in the 1960’s, would you have spoken out against racism?
- When your grandchildren discover that you lived among the wealthiest generation in the history during a time when someone dies of starvation every 2.5 seconds, and a child dies from unclean water every 20 seconds, how will they judge how you chose to live and what you did with the blessings that God has given you?
- In a time when 2/3 of our world still needs the Gospel, can you name one thing last year that identified you as being on mission for Jesus?
- At your funeral would there be enough evidence in your life to convict you as a Follower of Christ?
These first two questions are easier, aren’t they? They are just hypothetical. I want to believe that I would have had the courage to stand against evil and racism.
It is those last three questions that trouble me at times. For they are not hypothetical. These are about the choices that I am making today with my life. We choose each day what we will invest our life.
You and I were created by God to make a difference for His sake in our allotted time. To make our life count now and beyond the grave. To do our part to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ. In the end, nothing else will really matter.
Are you on mission for the sake of Christ?
Will your life count?
Want to learn more about how to make your life count? Contact the Missions Mobilization Team at the Kentucky Baptist Convention at (502) 489-3530 or [email protected].