It’s already the end of March as I pen this column. I can’t believe it…the year numbered 2014 is ¼ of the way over. How can that be? Back in 1980, I remember looking at my Marine Corps ID card and seeing my estimated date of separation from the Corps as being a date in 1986. That seemed so far away. When I was a kid it seemed like Christmas took forever to come around. Now it seems like it is every other month. Whenever I think of how quickly the years go by, I begin to think about a future phase of my life.
Though retirement and old age are on the road ahead for me, I am not referring to becoming a senior citizen. I am talking about where I will spend eternity. I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior nearly 30 years ago. It was a hot summer evening in Jacksonville, Arkansas and my life was falling apart. I was dealing with a failing marriage and was at a very low point in my life. God had been dealing with my heart for about a year. But, it was during that time that I surrendered my life to Christ.
All these years later, time is clicking quickly by and I must ask myself several questions. Am I still growing in Christ? Have I really activated my life around the giftings He has given me? Am I approaching each day using my faith in God to use me in the lives of those I work and socialize with on a daily basis? Or, have I allowed myself to idle in neutral living in a comfort zone of passivity? Am I living in the victory of salvation in Christ or just motoring along hoping for the best?
In all likelihood, I have lived more than half my life. I will turn 52 years old in April. I once had a boss who described his current status of his Air Force careers as, “I am in the twilight years of a mediocre career.” I can say the same about life. Certainly with each day I am drawing closer to an eternity with my Savior. How should I be living my life in view of that certainty? When I consider the history of man, how brief are these 70, 80, or 90 years? When I consider how quickly time seems to pass for me, its time for me to seriously consider my eternity.
Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” The things we enjoy, trust and protect on this earth are temporary. Just ask people who had beautiful houses wiped out by Hurricane Katrina or people in Washington State who had houses destroyed by the recent mudslide. They can tell you how quickly those things we value on this earth can be just wiped away. But, in Jesus Christ we have a firm inheritance to look forward to after our life on earth is over. Later in the same chapter of Colossians we read, “Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Now that’s something for which we can look forward. Eternity comes soon…are you ready?