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By Bruce Rippy
Pastor - Condon Community Church 

Our Days are Numbered


August 31, 2017

Psalm 39:4

“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.”

We have no guarantee of life tomorrow--let alone of living a long life. At some time, either death will come to us or Jesus will return to bring an end to life on this earth as we know it. God has numbered our days but has not revealed that time to us. Your life could be over at any time. We need to be ready to meet our Maker (Amos 4:12).

Friend, please take heed. None of us is assured of even one more hour of life here on earth. Scripture tells us life is fleeting, especially in comparison to eternity. We need to seize each day that we have, making the most of every situation and making the best use of our time for God’s glory.

Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” With God’s wisdom, we will realize that life is too short for living for ourselves, for indecision or for vacillation. As Christians, we are called to please God--called to be salt and light and called to share the Good News with others while we still have breath.

Time is of the essence in the acceptance of Christ into our lives, for our confession of sin and for our commitment to live for Him. Commitment goes beyond going to church regularly or being baptized. It means making Jesus “Lord” of every aspect of your life—relationships, money, business, work, play, family, EVERYTHING! In so doing, God’s love directs us to be His witness and to share the Gospel story with others, giving them an opportunity to know God’s love and accept Christ as their Lord.

Since your days are numbered and since Jesus died for you—live for Christ today. Time calls for our immediate action. Share your hope of a promised eternal life with Jesus with those who need Him. You might not be given another chance to do so.

1 Peter 4:7-11 tells us that as Christians we need to be praying for one another, loving one another, hosting one another and serving one another. We should use the nearness of the end of life as an incentive and opportunity to live in holiness, set apart and consecrated to God as His unique and treasured possessions. Our pursuit of holiness should reflect the example of Jesus--loving what He loves; turning from what He hates; speaking as He would speak; loving and forgiving and bearing with one another. God’s love should flow through us to everyone as we become more Christ-like each day we’re given.

Do you personally know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Are you seeking opportunities to share about Jesus’ Sacrifice that provides forgiveness and offers us eternity in Heaven? Our lives are but a vapor (James 4:14). This could be your last chance to fully put your faith in Jesus Christ or lead someone else to such a faith. Don’t put it off; eternity is at stake! Live to please and glorify the Lord today!

Rev. 2:10 “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”


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