Friday, February 24, 2012

Work While It Is Day

 “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered - how fleeting my life is." ~Psalm 39:4, NLT~

I stumbled upon that verse during my reading time late last night, and it's been pressed upon my heart ever since.  Maybe it's because my 95 year old grandmother is currently experiencing the active phases of death, and is only expected to be with us for a few more days.  Perhaps this scripture stuck with me because of the shockingly unexpected passing of Whitney Houston that still boggles my mind.  Or maybe it's because of the 2-year old little girl in my community that recently passed away from injuries she sustained from being burned.  Then again, it could be because one of my sisters in Christ is fighting for her life as I type this.

I'm not sure why this particular scripture is etched upon my heart today, but one thing is for sure - it is so very true.  Our time on earth is brief; our days are numbered; life is fleeting. Just this month alone, I have found a popular saying to be certain - One day you're here, then the next you're gone.  Just like a vapor.

Since we know that our days are numbered - and none of us knows when that number will run out - I think it's so important that we get our lives in order and be serious about our Father's business.  It's time that we give 100% to living out God's purpose for our lives. 

We can spend so much time on frivolous things - holding grudges; comparing ourselves to others; chasing fortune and fame; acquiring success; and the list goes on - that we lose time that could have been spent focused on what the Lord requires of us.  Sure, we should enjoy the abundant life the Lord promised us in John 10:10; however, our desire to live a full and satisfying life should not take precedence over our desire to live a Christ-centered, purpose-driven life.  At the end of the day, our one true purpose in life to bring glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  If we're not doing that, then we're not living.

John 9:4 says this, "I must work the works of Him that sent me; the night cometh, when no man can work."  The NLT says is this way, "We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. "  It says we must quickly carry out our assignments.  That means, we don't have much time.  While there is yet breath in our bodies, and the blood is still running warm in our veins - while it is day - we must run the race the Lord has set before us.

When night falls upon our lives, we should be empty of everything that the Lord put within us to share upon the earth.  We should be able to stand before Him in judgement, and say Lord, I've given back to You everything that you gave to me. 

Death is inevitable; but while you still have life, live it totally for the Lord.  Your life - and mine - belongs to the Lord.  It is our duty to dedicate ourselves to His call for our lives.  Not tomorrow; not next week; not next month; not next year; not when we get it all together, but today, and every day that He gives us life.

I don't know about you, but I will not let it be said that I waited too late and was caught with my work undone.  Since I know my days are numbered, I will use them all to glorify my Father in Heaven, and walk in His purpose for my life.  I hope you'll join me.

~May you live in His love.~

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