I attended the funeral for a great man of God on Tuesday. Rev. Mike Massey had been the pastor of Glad Tidings Assembly of God for the past twenty-four years. He was a superb example of a godly husband, father, grandfather, pastor, and friend. Mike was extremely attentive to literally every person who crossed his path. He was famous for stopping to talk to everyone, and knew everyone’s name. When you talked to Mike you had his full attention and he would put almost anything aside to spend time with a person. He was in love with his wife Sherry and both of his children Audra and Eric praised him as a father, mentor, and friend. He was by all accounts a tremendous example of Christ in every area of his life. Mike had been outside last Friday raking leaves when doctors believe a piece of plaque from his heart came loose and stuck in his heart killing him instantly while he napped. Mike was 62.
I said all of that, to say this; Mike was only 62. He didn’t smoke, do drugs, drink, overeat and his life didn’t include any risky behavior. Reason would indicate that Mike should have lived to be a very old man, and yet he died at 62. I have all kinds of feelings about that but just one really strong conclusion. You and I should live every day with eternity in mind.
We simply are not promised tomorrow. Even the most virtuous among us have no guarantee of tomorrow.
In James 4:13–14 we read…
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
I know that this will in no way be a new or really even that imaginative of a thought but I think it’s good for us to renew this in our minds occasionally. Simply put, the length of our lives is determined by the Lord and not by us. What does that mean for us today? It’s a cliché but if you knew that today was your last, what would you do with it? How would you spend that time? Perhaps a measure of this thinking should be in our hearts every day. If our eternity will be spent based upon how we used our days here, how should we spend them?
I have some things that I want to get done before I’m done here. Since I don’t know how much more time I have, I’m going to get on with them. How about you? I know I’m going to heaven, I just don’t know when and there are some things that God has entrusted to me. Therefore, I’m going to spend today trying to not waste a minute and only doing those things I think have some eternal value.
This way of thinking seems to be making my day much more intentional and I’m finding that I don’t want to waste time on things that don’t matter. That not only includes things that I do but also things that I think.
I don’t have time for fear or worry. Every minute I spend with these is a minute lost to God’s work through me.
One of two events is without a doubt on my future calendar, the rapture of the church or my death. One or the other is coming first. Either way, I want to use as much time as possible being busy or resting for the Lord.
Time is a non-refundable precious commodity. Let’s use it well!