Something that never ceases to amaze me is the arrogance of man. I've never met anyone who deep down in their heart does not expect to have tomorrow there waiting on them. Now the thing is, if you say to someone "you don't know if you'll have tomorrow, you may die today" they will say, "yeah, you're right - we never know when we're going to go"... but deep down in their heart they expect tomorrow - young or old, rich or poor, sick or healthy - IT MATTERS NOT! (say Amen, because you're just as guilty as everyone else!)
It's an easy thing to tell really - simply look at
the life that they lived today - how many people truly lived today like it may be their last day on earth? I wonder how many people truly cherished their wives, husbands, children, extended family - whoever it is that may be special in their lives - like it was the last time they would have the opportunity to? I wonder how many people picked up the phone to try and mend that broken relationship? Or how many Christians shared the Good News of Jesus Christ and the free pardon of sin with someone who is lost? Can you honestly say that you lived your life today as if it were your last?
Let me tell you how most people lived their life today - and this is probably includes you as well… They woke up, got dressed and went to work or about their day the same as they have done for who knows how long, did the things that they usually do (and FYI, most of the things you spend your time on our worthless and good for nothing in the scope of eternity). The truly important things - mainly your relationship and walk with God, then family, friends etc. were little more than passing thoughts as you went about your busy day.
In the day and age we live in between the computer, TV, texting, pop-culture junk (who really cares about Britney Spears and those Hollyweird idiots anyway - and what good does it do you for you to know who she sleeping with, or who she's married to, or what drug she's taking? - COME ON PEOPLE, WAKE UP!) We live such shallow lives, rarely if everpondering the things that truly matter.
The wisdom of man knows that this could happen to anybody - the arrogance of man thinks that means anybody but him.
My father-in-law and his wife came down from West Virginia to visit us about a year ago. It was a treat for us as with living four hours away we don't get to visit quite as often as we'd like to. They came to church on Sunday morning then packed up and headed back Sunday afternoon. We got a phone call later in the week telling us that his wife was killed in a car accident.
One day I'm standing in the pulpit of God looking out throughout the pews and see her sitting there - a week later I'm standing over her lifeless body lying in the grave.
I love this story in the Bible that the Lord Jesus Christ tells:
Luke 12:16-21 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 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. 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. 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? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
So many elderly people I've spoken to have made statements to the effect of "I wish I could do more now", or "if I knew then, what I know now". When people reach their twilight years, the reality of death begins to weigh on them. They start to understand their mortality just a little better than what they did when they were younger. But unfortunately, at that moment in their lives they don't have the ability to do the things they would like to do - the urgency has increased, but the ability and opportunity has decreased. I don't want that to be me. I want to be like Paul when he said, "I have fought a good fight, I finished my course, and I've kept the faith" 2 Tim. 2:7
The Lord has placed a race before me - as He has you as well. No one here can boast of tomorrow, for tomorrow may never come. Although I have stumbled along the way, I intend to finish my race strong so that I may look upon the face of the Lord Jesus with gladness in my heart, rather than apologies on my lips for wasting the life that he gave me.
…what about you?