(Psalms 39:5) “Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity”.
Our life on earth is a mere breath. How easily it will vanish. We know that one day we will all be gone from this earth but we don’t expect it to be tomorrow. In our hearts we tell ourselves, at least we expect to live up to 60 yrs old. We expect to see our children marry and to play with our grandchildren then we are ready to go.
I had a brush with death when I was diagnosed with cancer. Now almost 13 years down the road, things seemed to be better and I’ve gone back to work and living a “normal” life. Slowly the reality of death is eroding and I go about my daily routine as if I’m going to live till a ripe old age. The recent news of sudden deaths around me jotted me back to the reality of the breavity of life. We read of the Kovan Road double murders and the passing of a 51 year old SAF regular. The Bible says: (James 4:14) “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
We must constantly bear in mind that this world is not our home. We are just passing through and we must make every day the Lord blessed us with, count. (Ephesians 5:16) “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
We must learn God’s way so that we can tread His path.
(Psalms 25:4) “Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.”
(Psalms 119:9) “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Look around you today and see how you can give a little of yourself, your time and your money to help those in need. It is in giving that we benefit most. (Acts 20:35) “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
How then can we live our lives for the Lord? What contributions can we make?
We can at least be faithful in our attendance.
Although sitting in the service does not make one a faithful Christian, yet a faithful Christian cannot but attends worship and bible classes regularly. The regular and public meetings of the church are its heart-throb and life-blood. Each member who forsakes these assemblies saps the church of some of its power. Each of us can at least make the minimum contribution of faithful attendance. This way, we can encourage one another and at the same time be encouraged.
We can make our day count by doing good.
The Lord’s people are made for good works. (Ephesians 2:10) “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” And since I’ve started working for the Church, I realized that many are working behind the scene helping those in need. Many members are generous, not only with their love and time, they are ever ready to part with their money to help even strangers, people whom they have never met, people who are in need. They are ever ready to offer help. I was scared at first, to approach the brethren when needs arise one after another, but I have seen the genuine love and willingness to contribute in them that gave me the confidence to approach them. Their work for Christ, demonstrates the sincerity of their worship on Sunday. Ask yourself today, “Did you make your day count?”
Live To Make A Life
Do not live to make a living
Rather live to make a life.
For the measure of succeeding
Is your service in the strife.
All you ever leave behind you,
When your soul has crossed the bay,
Is the good you’ve done to others,
As you tarried by the way.
Build a life as pure as crystal;
Build a spirit full of love
Build our mind by noble thinking’
Build a faith in God above.
Build your life with care and patience,
As the sculptor hews the stone;
With the Master as your model
And your eyes upon the throne.
Noble lives have been the beacon,
Lighting mankind’s upward way;
They who serve are the immortals,
Fathers of a better day.
Let your life shine out in service,
Noble living— noble deeds,
And until time’s course is ended,
Good will blossom from the seeds.
~Wilfred A. Peter