I think a lot of us get so used to the concept of our (for lack of a better word) “time-frame” that we are fine with where we are. Some things could be a little better – we think about a newer car, more job security, or a bigger television. In general though, everything is fine.
Really OK. Not bad. Fine. Fine although we do not feel close to God. Fine although we place so much above Him, such as our job, sports, our passion for our political party, or even our favorite vice (which is not a sin at all in our personal theology).
Yup, mighty happy are we with our lives. If we think about that religious stuff, we know we can deal with it later. There are so many demands on us and so much we are interested in that this just isn’t the right time to deal with it. We have to keep our priorities straight. Going to church occasionally will suffice for now.
Consider it logically. What is the expected lifespan for our demographic? We should be able to make a statistically valid calculation on how much time we have left. We may feel slightly guilty ignoring God, but we can have fun now and get our act together later. There is time. We can have our cake and eat it too (whatever that means!).
Or maybe not. Deep in our hearts, we are uneasy. We do not know the time or place of our death. We do not like to think about it. Maybe it will be far in the future. Maybe it is tomorrow. One thing is for sure – after every hour of every day, we are one hour closer to it. A lot of hours have passed already. The only thing unknown to us is the exact time remaining on our clock.
Consider that many of us have life insurance. Why? For that same reason we can not wait until later to get serious about our relationship with God. This is the “time is running out” reason to get our act together.
Another reason, beyond not gambling on our lifespan, is true happiness right now — living as God commanded, loving Him and one another. Freed from the slavery of sin, life can be happy and considerably less complicated. It is in no way a burden, but quite the opposite. Sure, this does not please Satan, and he will continue to tempt us. With God’s help we can beat him, should we only care to try.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
Each of us is living an incomplete life story. Early chapters, or even the current chapter, may chronicle lives far from God. The final chapter is not yet written and is still up to us.
The final paragraph of this post is this 2 minute video…