Living in the Now is All We Have
Be alert at all times praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man. Luke 21:36
The end of our days will certainly come soon enough! Thus, we should consider what will be our fate after our days do come to an end. Today, we are here, yet tomorrow we may be gone. When we are no longer of this world, we also will be no longer on the mind of this world. Man is born of woman, thus he enters this world with a shortage of days, but an abundance of trouble. We blossom like a flower, but like a flower we wither. Our life is but a fleeting shadow that quickly is gone.
Oh, the stupidity and hardness of a person’s heart who thinks upon this present life and does not care about the life that lies ahead. Wisdom declares that we should arrange ourselves and all our thoughts and actions as if tomorrow is not guaranteed to arrive. When we think and live with a right mindset, we realize it is better to avoid wrong choices in this life than try to outlive death. Surely, those of us who have a good conscience do not have a great fear of death. Otherwise, ponder this thought: If we are not prepared today, how will we be any more prepared tomorrow? Tomorrow is uncertain and how can we know if we will live beyond today.
What good comes from a long life when there is so little improvement in our spiritual life? For so many, a long life often makes their sinful choices greater, rather than making their lives better. As a fact, many can recall well when they long ago confessed Christ as their Savior and Lord, yet there is little evidence of the fruit of spiritual improvements in their lives. However, there are many who are like this; they consider it dreadful to die, but struggle in the fear that to live long may prove more dangerous to their spiritual well being.
Happy are those who always keep the hour of their death before their eyes, and daily prepare themselves for the life that will surely come beyond this present life. If at any time we have seen another person die, consider that we also must yet face the same destiny. When it is morning, consider the prospect that evening may never come; it is certainly never guaranteed, nor is the certainty that will see the sun rise again. Therefore, always be ready and live in a way that death will never take us unprepared. Most of us will certainly die suddenly and unexpectedly, for the Son of Man will come at an hour when we least expect Him to arrive. When that last hour comes, many will begin to have a different opinion of our entire past life, and we will be exceedingly sorry that we have been so careless and carefree. Oh, how wise and happy is the one who strives each day to be the person that they wish to be found at the final hour of their life:
- having contempt for this world
- having a fervent desire to excel in virtue
- being diligent of repentance
- living always ready to obey
- denying ourselves
- bearing patiently in all affliction
When we are healthy we can do so much good, but when we are sick there is not much that we are able to do. We cannot become better or reform our ways when burdened by our sickness.
Why trust ourselves to friends and relatives, or put off the care of our soul’s welfare to some future time. It is our soul! We are better off to look after our own soul early and do good in advance than to trust in the help of others for our soul’s fate.
This present time is so precious – “now are the days of salvation, now is the only acceptable time.” We cannot change the past; the future is not ours to do anything with; only the present is our gift that God provides to us to make the needed changes in our life that will please Him. How sad when we waste this gift when we could be making the changes to work out our salvation and making certain our hope of eternal life. Salvation is a journey not complete until we find ourselves standing before God face to face welcomed into His eternal kingdom. How sad that we waste so much time here when we could be working out our salvation and making sure our hope of eternal life. Take freely the gift that is from God in the present; do not regret procrastinating!
My daily prayer: My Lord and Savior, may I never take my life before you for granted. I fully realize that my past is sealed, but by grace forgiven and forgotten; my future is never mine to assume that I will be able to do rightly before you then. Thus, I am humbled by my present state before you, and I offer all that I am now – all my heart, soul, mind and strength are yours to do as you will, and I pray are acceptable to you because of the faith I have in what your Son has done for me. Father, though I cannot look beyond the present, I ask to hope to be all I can be for your sake to my family and friends, so that others will understand that “now” is the time for salvation – not tomorrow, for it will likely be too late. Help me Lord to share the message of hope that we have in the present “now” and how our future is in your hands. Thank you, my heavenly Father. Amen
For additional reading: Job 9:25-26; 14:1-2; Matthew 6:20; 24:44; 25:10, 13, 44; Luke 12:37, 40; Hebrews 2:23; 9:27; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Isaiah 30:5; 31:1; 49:8; Jeremiah 17:5; 48:7; Philippians 2:12, 13; 1 Thessalonians 5:8-10