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Another summer has almost come and gone! I don’t know about your summer, but mine has flown by and it is hard to believe the scent of fall is already in the air. Have you heard the saying, “the older you get, the faster time goes by?” It sure seems true in my life, and I have this increased desire to make the most of my remaining, fleeting days on this earth. I don’t want to be on my death bed and have regrets regarding all the missed opportunities to live life reflecting the fullest glory of my Savior. Lord, please help us to make the most of our numbered days here.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DAYS
Ephesians 5:15–20 (NLT)
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 34:5 (NLT)
Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow
of shame will darken their faces.
Are you drifting through life weak, confused, empty, and without a plan? Today is the day to rejoice! God has made this day; He has kept you on earth because He has plans to use you and prosper you (Jeremiah 29:11).
You must take great care with each day God gives you because you do not know what tomorrow might bring. Seek His will for you by asking Him to direct your every step and then give Him time to unfold His perfect plans for you.
Do not trifle with God by squandering your days partying or complaining as the world does. Don’t anger Him with an ungrateful attitude. Sing praise songs to Him; you have so many reasons to praise Him! The Lord will work everything out for your good (Romans 8:28); just bring all your troubles to Him (1 Peter 5:7). Remember to thank Him continually throughout the day. Live knowing God is always by your side, always looking out for you.
Psalm 90:12 ESV
Someday in the earth’s future everything that is wrong and sinful will be right and good. There will be no more corruption; no more hurting, no more sin! Can you imagine living in such a place? That is the hope we have for our future as children of the King of Kings. There will come a day when as Charles Spurgeon says, “The huge molten mass now slumbering in the bowels of our common mother shall furnish the means of purity. Palaces, and crowns, and peoples, and empires, are all to be melted down; and after, like a plague-house, the present creation has been burned up entirely, God will breathe upon the heated mass, and it will cool down again. He will smile on it as he did when he first created it.”
Can you imagine heaven on earth? Can you imagine clean, pristine rivers, lakes and oceans, tame tigers, people truly living and practicing unconditional love and no heartaches and troubles? Can you imagine grace abounding, mercy freely given and truth resonating everywhere; no more lies, deception, greed, jealousy or hatred?
Jesus died for the whole world and the whole world, He will purify, cleanse and restore! Are you and I living with this hope? Peter tells us to make every effort to be a peace with God because it will affect our eternal future. What we do with our time now on earth affects our eternal soul. We cannot lose our salvation, but we can forfeit many rewards and blessings in eternity.
2 Peter 3:10-14 (NIV) But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
What changes do you need to make today in order to make the most of your remaining days on earth? Are you experiencing peace with God? In not, then today is the day of repentance and change! Abba waits with open arms, step toward Him, repent, open His Word and be still with Him. There is nothing more important in this world than being with Him.
God is preparing a place and a plan for you when you finally see Him and go to live in His heavenly kingdom. Is your daily busyness and rushing about focused on things eternal and significant? Are your days filled with that which ‘ends in nothing” or do you live your life for the glory of the Lord? Let’s start living right now with one eye on eternity!
Deborah Buckingham is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ who lives her life for Him, her family and her great America. She is an activist at heart and is always looking for opportunities to advance the Kingdom of God by sharing truth and love to any who cross her path. Her other passions include politics, health and fitness and hunting down great recipes to share with family and friends around the dinner table.