Teach Us to Number Our Days

number our daysThe years fly quickly from the calendar of our lives. We realize that each day moves us closer to the end of our earthly pilgrimage. Shakespeare give us the poignant words: “ We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feeling not figures on a dial.” Life is meant to be something more than “a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury, and signifying nothing.” 

Time is precious.  Time is short.  Time is passing.  Time is uncertain. Time is irrevocable when gone. Time is that for which we are accountable.

A wise man once said, “He lives long that lives well, and time misspent is not lived but lost.” As we see the past rapidly fading in the rear view mirror, we need to recognize a number of things:

  1. The brevity of time
  2. The swiftness with which days fly by
  3. The certainty of death
  4. The importance of Biblical Values

May I ask you to consider these three things:

1.  The Child of God may live with the noble disregard for time if death is no barrier, but only a door opening to our Father’s house.  God did not create us to be only earthlings, but He made us eternal beings. He has given us the Holy Spirit as an indwelling presence and as a guarantee that He will rescue believers from death so they can live with Him for eternity.  *See 1 Corinthians 5:5-7. 

  • “And this is eternal life, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3
  • Beloved, now are we the Sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 John 3:2

2. The non-believer should accept God’s offer in Christ with Joy –NOW!

  • We must gently and lovingly and appropriately remind our dear love ones and friends, who are not believers, that the number of their days of opportunity is rapidly decreasing. If a gentle approach doesn’t work, we need to be firm and more direct. * See Jude 23
  • With the assistance of the Holy Spirit, we need to help the unsaved see the days to serve God after being saved are declining with each revolution of the clock. Now Is The Time!

3. We should live every day as if it were our last day on earth.  The ‘Shakers’ had a saying, “Build as if what you build will last forever, live as if this was your last day on earth.”   What would you do if you knew this was your last day on earth? A farmer who had served God faithfully was asked that question. He replied, “I guess I would go plow.” No change was needed.  How is it with you?

  • Begin the day with a prayer of thanksgiving to God for blessing He has given. A familiar song says, “Count you blessing, name them one by one…”
  • Accept the day as an opportunity to help:
    • Help the Lord, as a co-laborer, to do His work in the world today – be His hands, His feet, His voice, etc.
    • Help yourself be a better person today than you were yesterday.
    • Help your family see Jesus in you as the hours unfold. Help them achieve worthy goals and invest their time wisely. Let them know you really care.
    • Help those in your sphere of influence find fulfillment in things that are noble and good.
    • Respond to everyone with love and patience. A consistent, persistent, unbreakable spirit of good challenges all.
  • Plan the day with top values at the head of the list:
    • List things that need to be done (in mind or better yet on paper).
    • Number them in order of their importance.
    • Concentrate on the most important one(s) first.
    • Do ONE thing at a time.
    • Schedule your day to allow for some interruptions. Some interruptions are time killers – others may be divine appointments.

* If these sound like a school teacher’s directions, I spent 10 years as a public school teacher and 33 years in Higher Ed., training teachers!

The Psalmist prayed that God would help him number his days so that he might get the most out of life and also inherit eternal life. Do not postpone living for God! Procrastination will cause you to kill time, lose time, and waste time.  Time is precious. Time is short. Time is passing. Time is uncertain. Time is irrevocable when gone. Time is that for which we are accountable. Today is the only day you have for sure – live it in God’s will.

~ Brother Roy

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