By Jim Miller
Wake up call……. It is strange to me that people take for granted that there will always be a tomorrow. The fact is you just do not know for sure if there will be or not. People pass from this life everyday who are young. strong, healthy and productive citizens.
Since no one knows when the Lord shall return, maybe today even, should we not give more thought to where our real treasure lies? Yet we go on living our lives for the most part without a care facing life's struggles day in and day out.
The Christian knows that the things of this earth are but temporary and no one takes their earthly riches with them to the grave. Yet some how we all, good, bad or indifferent continue plodding along as if life will go on forever.
Jesus taught with parables and one of those parables comes to mind when I try to get the attention of others and to show them that everyday should be lived as if it were going to be your last. I would like for you to read it and really think about………. Luk 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
Luk 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
Luk 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
Luk 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
Luk 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Luk 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
There is an old saying that yesterday is gone and tomorrow never comes and this should be given thought to much more often than it is. You have to ask yourself where is my treasure? If my life is required of me will I have lived each day in a manner that brings glory to God or myself?
Many warnings are given within the pages of the Bible about how truly fleeting time is and what we do with each day we are given is for us to decide. I have to ask myself daily will I be able to say Paul did to Timothy that I fought the good fight. 2Ti 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Friends this is not about dieing its about living, living each day to the glory of God. Living as if each day will be the last and obtaining a home in heaven after the judgment. Mar_8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?