We all know there is a time span for individual life and if we knew ahead of time, I am sure we would be arguing the point. Fortunately, we don’t know when our end will come so we don’t worry. What if we did? What would we be rushing out to do before the clock chimes? Most of us in this world refuse to think beyond tomorrow so we won’t have to worry. What is that old saying – “sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”. That is a good calming balm to an already over-booked life. But the question is never going to be buried. One of these days we will face our Maker and He will ask us what we have done with our lives. How will we respond?
The Psalmist tells us plainly this is the day the Lord has made (118:24). Was He just sitting around with nothing else to do or was there a reason and if so, was it important? Knowing the end from the beginning we would have to acknowledge that there was not only a reason, but an important one. You might want to admit that it was a matter of life and death. Death is the unknown that quite frankly frightens many of us, but it is not the end of the story. The end of the story speaks of a time of unending joy, a time to be with the only one who really knows what love is and is eager to freely give it without judgment. While it is true that life still has its costs, we will find that the end is something beyond what we could ever have dreamed or planned for. Talk about blessings!
So, what do we have to do? Do we have to earn it, or do we simply claim it by faith? And is there a cost or has it already been paid? Many would say “yes”; you have to live a life filled with doing for others and then being perfect yourself. Wait a minute – I think there is a good Book that tells us that there is a big cost but that the cost has already been paid. Could that be true? Yes, my friend, it is true – there is a special friend who loves us enough to suffer and die so that we might live a glorious life with Him one day. As for the cost He simply loves us enough to overlook the cost, even the dreadful one that it was.
So, how does one repay that kind of friendship or is there even a way? We didn’t have to sign a note and there was no penalty that was disclosed. Why would anyone pay our cost even if we were best friends? You’re right again, what we would classify as best friend would probably turn away simply asking for an extension. But the cost still has to be paid or does it? Is there an alternative? Yes, there is, but it is an expensive one even though it has lots of perks and no one can pay it on your behalf. All that is truly asked is that you live the life you were created to live by the One who loves you more than any other could. You’re right that sounds very much like you have won the jackpot. The only drawback is that you must seriously strive to be worthy of the gift.
You might be asking yourself how you can ever be worthy of such a gift. You can’t, but you can please the giver and resolve the issue by letting others know about Him and the wonderful life they can have by giving of themselves to help His other children. It sounds too easy, but you already know how daily living can throw pitfalls in your path. You might have to suffer, but you will have to give of yourself to prove your sincerity, not just once but over and over, through good times and bad; extending your hand of mercy as an example of the Father’s love for all His children.
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my love, My Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store,
Take myself, and I will be ever only all for Thee.