Living our Lives as if Each Day is the Last!
How can we make each of our days count for Christ?
As followers of Christ, our passion should be living our days to the fullest and doing all we can to serve our God with everything that God has given us. I mean, some people say they don't have much, but God has given each of us talents, energy, and time. Paul likens our Christian journey to an athlete running a race in 1 Corinthians 9 v 24-27. You know, each of us have a calling to be steadfast and dedicated to the life God has called us to live. We must continue to press on and move forward and we must try and do this without wavering. I want to be looked at by God to have serious motivation and to have a faith that doesn't fade or decrease. You know, we must set our eyes not only earthly things, but on the things above, for the promised prize awaiting us at the end that will last forever,
1 Corinthians 9 v 24 - 27 says, 'Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.'
What is more important to us in our lives? It is crucial to examine ourselves and determine how we should sculpt and model our days for His glory and His kingdom. The things of this world are passing, our time and talent poured into physical or material pursuits won't last, but a life lived for Christ will add up to eternal treasure. 1 Corinthians 3 v 12-14 says, 'If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, for the day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person's work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.'
Living a life in a day sounds crazy but as a follower of Christ we must do our very best to use our days wisely. We should recognise no limits to what we can accomplish in a day for God, for we also do not know what the future holds and our days are limited. The challenge is knowing that we have to put our God given assignment before our own assignments. So, let's ask ourselves the question, 'what is the limit of our dedication to Christ?' Once we ask ourselves that, we must then ask, 'How far are we capable of putting ourselves out there?' Are we ready to stand up for truth, proclaiming His name where it hasn't been heard or where it doesn't want to be heard? Are we making a step of faith and trusting God for our needs and safety?
Each morning we wake up, we wake to the dawn of another day. Each day we wake is another day of life that God has given us, we are here for a reason. We are all created and designed specifically to have the individual identities that we do. You are different from me and I am different from you? Why? Well, we are all here to take life seriously doing what God has called us to do. We have been created the way we have for a time such as this! If we were truly running a race like Paul said, then surely we wouldn't want to be the athletes lagging far behind the finish line, still miles away from our destination. Instead we ought to be determined athletes that press forward without stopping for anything! Following Christ is worthy of our time, our energy and existence. Let's run the race together, let's run it well!