Posted by TJ Klapperich on 08/07/2007
I remember hearing a quotation recently that said, "If you live like each day is your last, one day you’ll most certainly be right." That is a sort of humorous way to emphasize an important concept. We do not know when the Lord will return, or when we will die, but we must live each day prepared for eternity. James 4:14 says, "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." None of us can be confident of tomorrow. Instead James reminds us that we should make plans in light of God.
I have recently been reading a book by Pastor Matthew Recker. I was recently in New York with our Calvary Baptist Church youth group and he gave me a copy of his new book, Living on the Edge of Eternity. I have not yet completed the book, but I have enjoyed the first half of it. It is not intended to be a scholarly exposition of the life of Elijah, but it is well-researched and grounded in good exposition. It is a devotional examination of the last day of Elijah’s life. The emphasis of the book, like the quote I mentioned above, is that we should live each day in light of eternity. Elijah lived his last day knowing God would take him and he would turn his prophetic ministry over to Elisha. In the same way we should live our lives each day realizing we are not guaranteed another. We must make each day count for eternity. I recently heard an unsaved man say that when he spends too many days living as if they were not his last day, he reassess his life and makes the necessary changes to his behavior. If an unbeliever with no confidence in eternity lives that way (obviously his values are different), shouldn’t we Christians live in light of eternity?