Life is so precious.
Having grown up within the Christian church since birth, one thing I have learned over my few (strike that), many years on earth, is that life is so precious.
Watching my children grow and develop into beautiful young Christians, I have realised how short and fragile life here on planet earth is.
The preacher who wrote Ecclesiastes (oft attributed to King Solomon), came to realise the very same thing, stating, '...vanity of vanities! All is vanity... a generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.' (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 4).
The book of John (c10:v10) records that Jesus came so that we could have life and life more abundantly, and we know that He is the way, the truth and the life - hallelujah! When we are born again and hence, spirit filled, we are introduced to the mind of Christ and we do not see things the way we once did.
Even with all the wisdom that Solomon had, he did not have the mind of Christ like the believer does today. We are privy to God's master plan of salvation and when we learn through careful study of the inspired Word and with the leading of His Spirit, we can expect to increase in wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
Life in Christ is not so glum and futile as expressed by many who have gone before us. We need not be weighed down by the cares of this world, whether through trials, tribulations or other, but we can fully rest in Him who has overcome the world. We can cast our burdens, anxieties and all our cares upon Jesus, who is well able to help us with His unceasing supply of grace.
When we are born again - a new life is born. A life of victory is assured, no matter what we face. We know that we can rest in His faithfulness, even when we ourselves are not faithful at times. We can take comfort in His love and compassion, even when we ourselves or others fail to do so and we can rely on His merciful forgiveness, even when we may not even forgive ourself.
Life here is so temporal and the work of God's hand - human life - is very precious. Even though our life here and now is temporal, eternal life awaits. Every morning that we wake, we are blessed to have another day where we can choose to serve God. Every day is counted and accounted for by God. Every word we speak, every action we take and every pursuit we seek is weighed on the scales of eternity. Put simply, every moment matters in God's grand-scale plan.
Often, even daily, we need to remind ourselves that we are here to bring glory to God and our day should be spent to seek to do exactly that. He deserves our praise and worship forevermore. Today, we ought to weigh up exactly where the thoughts and intents of our hearts really are. Do we seek to love as Christ loves? Not our vain version of it, but true love as written in the Word.
Will those around us hear words of love and life, as well as the unified actions that follow? Will they know Christ indwells you by your faith in Him and dedicated servitude in carrying out His will and purpose each and every day as He has prescribed?
The good news is that life is so precious and Jesus died and rose again so that we may partake in life eternal. What are we doing with it today?
-- By Judah Ayling