656. How Long A Life?

“I got word yesterday,” Stan began, “that a man from the church where we used to live passed into eternity.”

“Was he a believer?” I responded.

“Very definitely,” Stan said.  “He was an old guy who had walked with God for a long time.  He  had a significant impact on my faith walk, and he definitely got on the train to glory!”

“How old was he?” I asked.

“I’m not exactly sure,” Stan replied.  “We moved here several years ago, and he was at least in his early 90’s when we moved.”

“Wow!” I responded, “so he may have been close to a hundred.”

“That’s right,’ Stan said, “and he was a perfect example of living a life for God, regardless of how long that life may be.  With him, it was a long life; with others, their lives may be much shorter.”

“But for me,” Stan continued, “the point is the same.  Regardless of how long God chooses to keep me on this side of eternity, I’m to live for Him the life He has given.”

“Kind of like the old saying of not putting off to tomorrow what you can do today,” I responded.

“Exactly,” Stan said.  “I don’t know when I won’t have a tomorrow on this side of eternity;  that’s up to God.  However, what is up to me is how I spend today.  I choose to spend it being who, doing what, God intends.”

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With a long life I will satisfy him, and let him behold My salvation.  Psalm 91:16.

Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve; . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  Joshua 24:15.

This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for the life you have given me to live for you.  Thank you for the assurance of spending eternity with you when it’s time for me to board the train.  Thank you, too, for the opportunity to know you ever more deeply before then.  I ask for all of the help you can provide so that I will live my life for you as long you want to keep me here.  Please help me in following your lead to make the most of each day for you.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Think on this:  We do not know which day will be our last.  Are you prepared to step into eternity to be with God when it’s time?  If so, what does that assurance feel like?  If not, do you know how to receive that assurance?  It’s way too easy to put off until tomorrow what needs to be done today.  That not only includes accepting the free and gracious gift of salvation, it includes being and doing what God intends because of that salvation.  Where are you with that?  Where would you like to be?  Do you know how to get to where you want to be?

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