It is very important for each and everyone of us to realize that all we have is now! There is a saying that suggests: ‘Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised,’ all we can count on is the time that we are in. Therefore, it is very pertinent and important that we take full advantage of the time that we have now instead of taking the time we have left for granted.
Too many people have made the grave mistake of thinking that they had some time left in the future, so they put off doing important things, and in a short period of time, they found themselves at their eternal destination where ever it might be. Then, from the grave there is regret and they begin to cry out, ‘I wish I knew that I didn’t have much time left, and I would have prepared better.’ Yet, its too late for them, but we still have the here-and-now.
The Apostle Paul, quoting the Lord’s words from Isaiah in 2 Corinthians 6:2, put it this way when he said, (reading from the King James version Bible),
” (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”
All we have is now, not tomorrow not next week or next year, …”now is the day of salvation,” today is the only day that we are guaranteed to get things right with the Lord. That is why, whenever we are prompted to repent for a sin we have committed or grudge that we hold toward somebody, we need to waste no time getting it right.
Always Be Willing To Agree With God that Sin Is Wrong, and Repent!
The stubbornness of ‘putting it off’ will curtail the blessings that God has in store for each of us in the first place. And, at a time when we think not, it becomes too late for us to obey God. When we find ourselves caught up in sin and we are convicted, we should not put off the first step of repentance. The very first step in repentance is:
- to Agree With God that this particular sin or sins is wrong and evil and vile.
- Mentally, we must get it straight first.
- Repentance only begins when we start seeing things the way God sees them, or else we cannot truthfully repent.
When God says that hate, for example, is wrong, we must agree with God that hate is wrong. Whatever God has said in His Word (the Bible) on any given subject whether it is politically correct or not, we must agree. When He says that murder, or fornication, or adultery, or lying is wrong, even if it is the fad of the day, we must promptly agree, and see it the same way that God sees. It may not win us a popularity contest, but it will allow us to stay in a place of real faith in God that only comes from an obedient heart that agrees with His Word.
Examples Are All Around Us
There are examples that literally surround us and should serve to remind each of us that all we have is now. All of us, to some degree, have the experience of knowing or knowing of somebody who thought that they had a lot of time left to live and to fulfill their goals. Little did anyone know that they had just a short time to live and everyone was shocked to discover that they had passed away.
There is a statistic that firmly states, ten out of ten people will die. Throughout all of history there has been assuredly only two common denominators that all human beings have in common: (first) All that have been alive were born at some point in time; and (second) all that were born have died at a later point in time. The late great preacher Dr. Caesar A. W. Clark once say that, “Death is the Great Equalizer…” He suggested that regardless of how rich and powerful some men were, they could not beat death, though some have tried. Dr. Clark, himself, had preached great sermons all over the world for generations, but in his mid nineties, six years shy of one hundred years old, death got him too.
How Should Knowledge of Our Limited Time Affect Us Now?
We must be, as Jesus told His parents in Luke 2:49, about our “…Father’s business.” If we are ever going to put God first, now is the time. If we are ever going to give His will first place, now is the time. We must have a sense of urgency to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives or we may miss it altogether. It is as though Jesus was saying in Matthew 6:33, we must put ‘first things first,’ when He said,
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”(KJV)
Don’t worry about the little things, first seek the things of the Kingdom of God, and the Lord will see that the little things will be taken care of. If you believe that God has given you a vision, a plan of action, or a call to service, it might be now or never. We must seek God’s purpose for our lives and put that ahead of any other secondary purpose because…
the spiritual is much more valuable than the physical!
When it is all said and done, our souls is all that we will take with us into eternal life or eternal damnation. It is our soul that is the life force within each of us. It is what gives us our personality and character. The soul is the us, that is within us, and this life force within us is designed by God to live forever somewhere. That is why Jesus’ words should ring so very important to us when He said in Mark 8:37
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?