Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

How often we are reminded of the brevity of life. We awake to find out that a family member or friend has passed away unexpectedly. Sometimes people will go to the doctor for some tests and they are informed that they only have a few months to live. The fact of the matter is that today may be our last and there is nothing we can do about it. God gives life and it’s God who takes it away (Job 1:21). Though we may not have a terminal disease, none of us are promised our next breath. We can die from nothing at all being wrong with us.

Scripture proves this fact – Proverbs 27:1 “Boast not yourself of tomorrow; for you know not what a day may bring forth”. This is also seen in – James 4:14 “Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away”.

It is an unchangeable fact that we could die today, at this very moment in time. Likewise, we live with the reality that Jesus could return at any moment. We say that we believe these truths, but do we really? If we truly believed that today could be our last we would do things completely different.

We should live in a way that if we knew for a fact that we would die tomorrow we wouldn’t have to change one single thing. This is possible, and this is exactly how every child of God should live.

If Today Was Your Last Day

Where Would You Go?

If you could go anywhere you wanted, where would it be? Would you go to a ballgame or a concert? Would you take a long vacation? Would you go hunting or fishing? Would you visit another part of America or another country? There is nothing wrong with any of these destinations, but nowhere is better than being in the presence of our Heavenly Father.

The Psalmist said “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Ps 84:10). It was clear where he desired to be, and his desire was honorable. David said in Psalm 122:1 “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.”

Would You Go To A Worldly Place?

“The tents of wickedness”

The psalmist goes on to say that he would rather be a doorkeeper in the “House of God” than to dwell in “the tents of wickedness”. Notice the contrast: Tents are a temporary place a house is considered permanent. Anything this world has to offer is like that tent… it is temporary, but those things that God offers His children are permanent… better yet they are eternal.

Unfortunately, there are multitudes of people who choose the temporary over the eternal. Some people who receive a terminal diagnosis and decide that they are going to “live it up” during the time that they had left. As hard as they try, they never find that joy that they are seeking in the things of this world. They don’t find happiness or peace in alcohol, illegal drugs, or illicit sex. The wise of heart when they hear they have a terminal illness prepare to meet the Lord God. They do this because there is no place any better than being in the presence of the Lord.

If Today Was Your Last Day

Would You Surrender?

The Psalmist David was a man who had surrendered to the Lord. Notice that he addresses Him as “My God”. Surrendering to the Lord is the most important decision a man can make. If today truly could be your last day then no choice is more important than choosing to surrender to God. If you know that you have surrendered to Him then you have an obligation to spend all your days serving Him.

If Today Was Your Last Day

Would You Serve?

The Psalmist says that he would rather be the lowly doorkeeper in God’s house than to enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin.

As Christians, we are slaves to our Master. A slave can not choose to serve only when it was convenient for him. A slave does not reserve the right to refuse a task that is handed down from his Lord. A slave can not go off and do his own thing and then return to his master when he feels like it. A slave’s life is a life of consistent service to his master! “

“Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness” (Rom 6:16-18).

Jesus said in – John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commandments.” – As slaves of Christ, we are required to serve Him! Many people today want to profess Jesus, but they want to continue to live life their way. They want to go where they want to go and they want to do what they want to do. They only want to serve Jesus when it is convenient for them. That is not how it works! We must spend our days faithfully serving the Lord. If today was your last day would it be spent serving your Master? If so, who is your Master? God or this World? “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt 6:24).

If Today Was Your Last Day

What Should You Do?

Foremost, even before your last day, you should have already obeyed the gospel of Christ and done your utmost to be faithful in every way. We should have already prepared for our last day upon the earth because that day can come upon us like a thief in the night (1 Thess 5:2 f; 2 Pet 3:10).

Jesus instructed us concerning the temporal and the eternal in – Matthew 6:19 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal”. Let us first seek the kingdom of heaven and all the things we need to exist in life will be provided (Matt 6:33).

Each day of our life, let us study to be approved of God (2 Tim 2:15). Let us preach the Word of God in and out of season (2 Tim 4:2-5). Let us prove all things and hold firm that which is good (1 Thess 5:21). Let us earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 3). Let us put on the whole armor of God (Eph 6:11-18). Let us help all who are in need, especially the saints of God (Gal 6:10). Let us do all the Lord asks us to do each and every day of our life, and come our last day we shall rejoice in the full assurance of our salvation is come upon us. Then can we utter with confidence the words of the apostle Paul: “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Tim 4:7,8).

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