As I walked at a nearby park, I remembered a similar day several years ago walking with a friend. It was a day, if I recall correctly, in the spring. A man on a motorcycle rode passed us on the entrance road and promptly made a U-turn exiting the park. He was clearly on a joy ride on a beautiful spring day. As we continued to walk, about fifteen to twenty minutes later a fire whistle began to blow in the distance. It wasn’t until a couple days later that I learned that the man on the bike was involved in an accident and fatally injured only a few minutes after we had seen him.
All of us have had experiences such as this. It brings us into focus with our mortality – as the world might say “here today and gone tomorrow.” But we must be careful not to adopt the world’s philosophy about life.
The Scriptures are very clear that this life is brief. James describes it as a “vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” (4:14) David asked of the Lord, “…make me to know my end, and what is the extent of my days, let me know how transient I am. Behold, Thou hast made my days as handbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing in Thy sight.” (Ps 39:4,5) And again in Psalm 144 David describes man’s days “like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.”(v. 4)
Yet in our brevity the Lord expects us to do something of spiritual value and for eternity. Jesus did not save us so that we might live life for ourselves. He saved us so that we should serve Him in the newness of life. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Col 3:17) Whether you’re ministering, teaching, working, cooking, vacationing, etc. do it for the Lord. Serve Him by serving others in love. (Gal 5:13,14) Not one of us knows the number of our days, and we could be in His presence sooner than we think.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10