As we age, we are reminded that death is creeping closer and closer to life's door. For some, it is NOW! Others may have a few more days or years! We never know. Job 7:6 states, "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle." That means 'time is flying by'. We all can attest to that.
Remember, as a child it seemed time just crept along? Christmas and birthdays would take so long to come about. Now, it seems the years are swirling by, faster than the eye! We are encouraged to redeem the time we are given. Use it wisely and make the most of it.
Living for the Lord challenges us to take notice of our time and how we use it. It is true, we all have the same amount of time given in each day (24 hours, 1440 minutes, 86,400 seconds). How we spend our time serving the Lord is what really matters. It boils down to choices we make each day.
Right now our high school seniors are making choices (college, vocations, relationships, moral issues, etc). Young adults are struggling with these choices plus family issues, job security, financial stability, etc. Median and senior adults have their issues and challenges as well. All of these are but opportunities for the Lord to "show Himself at work in each of our lives". If we are who we say we are - His creation and His children - then we must place our faith and trust in Him alone to walk us through these stormy days of life.
We must allow our faith to swell and grow as we age. We must allow the Holy Spirit to "show Himself strong" in our lives day by day. Then we can rise up and know we serve a great and mighty "God who supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory". We mount up as eagles and rise above circumstances that would tend to enslave or rob us of the joy of living for Christ.
Living for the Lord demands complete commitment to His leadership. He desires this above all else! Living for Jesus must be a lifestyle we take on. It must be genuine and real. If we want to be His disciple, we must deny ourselves (selfish pleasures), take up our cross daily (the demands of this life), and follow Jesus (allow His Spirit to guide and direct our paths). As Jesus told His disciples: "Seek first the kingdom of God and He will add unto you all the things necessary for life.", we must do likewise. (Matt.6:33) Are we willing to do this? Why not?