You Only Live Once

yoloI read a humorous statement recently that after further reflection turned alarmingly serious for me. “You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.” We need to be aware, as we make our probationary journey through our allotted days, that this is a one-time trip. At the end of life, if we haven’t secured our salvation, we will not get a second chance to relive our life.

C.T. Studd, an iconic missionary of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, wrote the powerful poem, Only One Life To Live. His poem speaks what’s on my heart more clearly than I possibly can. Here I share but three of the verses:

Only one life, yes only one, soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet, and stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice, gently pleads for a better choice.
Bidding me selfish aims to leave, and to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years, each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill, living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

The moving account of Esau is found in the first book of the Bible. His story in Genesis chapters 27 and 36 serves as a compelling example of the truth that is being shared in this devotional. Centuries after Esau died, the New Testament writer of Hebrews provided an authoritative epitaph for Esau’s life:  For you know that afterward, when he (Esau) wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears(Hebrews 12: 17, NKJV). The wording of the NIV translation adds an interesting nuance to the verse: he could not change what he had done.” Neither can we!  Are you prepared to stand before God as you are? There will be no second chances.

How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?  (Hebrews 2:3, NIV)

~ Brother Roy

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