We hear people say that they are living each day as if it were their last on earth. Yet, we wonder if they understand the scope of this aphorism.
If we knew we had only 24 hours to live, we would quickly prioritize. We would have less concern for work or bills or the problems of the world. We would laser in on the most important things in life. Stress would lose its grip on us.
We all have no idea how much time we have on this earth.” …whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14, NKJV).
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
The uncertainty of our time on earth should cause us to re-evaluate everything around us. We should begin to see things in terms of eternity. Our perspectives on the world would change to a more spiritual outlook (Romans 12:1-2).
We would do what is necessary to know that we are right with God. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
To be saved, we must repent of our sins (Luke 13:1-5) and have our sins washed away in baptism, by the blood of Christ (Acts 2:37-38; Acts 22:16; 1 John 1:7).
Our relationships would change dramatically. We would hunger to see our loved ones and to pour out our hearts to them. Hugs and kisses would replace slights and smirks. Instead of seeing how we can gain an advantage over them or punish them for past wrongs, we would say, “None of that matters now.”
Our loved ones would know our passion and love were real. We would cherish their company, forgetting everything except the connection we have between us. We would leave them with our loving heart, rather than our acidic attitude.
We need to stop living in a soap opera, where we are constantly in competition with everyone. Shake off the cares of this world, cherishing our loved ones, making each day count and last. Because today may very well be our last!