"Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 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 4:13-14
Yesterday was an extra day! Not often that we just get handed another 24 hours! That was only the 15th time in my lifespan that has happened!
Here's the question: "What did you do with it?"
Did you make it count?
Did you help His Kingdom come or His will be done?
Were you a blessing to someone?
Did you spend quality time with God?
Did you spend extra time with a loved one?
Did you make some memories?
What you did with that time will translate into eternity.
Davey Jones woke up yesterday excited about the extra day and never dreamed it would be his last. The '60's pop icon slipped into eternity at the relatively young age of 66 when he suffered a fatal heart attack.
If you are under 50, that probably doesn't mean much to you, but to my generation it is a sober reminder that we have rounded the last turn and are headed into the home stretch. On a day we are tyring to celebrate an extra day we get a slap down from reality. Thanks a lot, Davey!
I had the Monkees first record album and I once saw Davey live on stage in the Schubert Theater in Chicago when he played the lead in the musical "Oliver". Now he is not live anywhere - this side of eternity.
Not to be morbid, but this is one of the more important thoughts that can occupy your mind - "What if that had been you? What if that extra day had been your last one? Where would you be hanging out today?"
Again, I don't focus on this to frighten you or depress you, but the truth is you will spend most of your life after you are dead. That is what eternity is all about! And how you spend time will determine your eternal destiny. How you respond to the love of God in time will decide whether you live in that love for eternity or whether you suffer the agony of eternal separation from that love.
Today is an extra day for you! A day of opportunity to make sure you are spiritually ready to face eternity.
I pray Davey was ready.
I pray you will make sure you are ready today. Repent of your sin. Turn from selfish living to surrendered living in Christ and know the abundant life that leads to eternal life!