“The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:10-12).
Our time on earth is short. One day, perhaps sooner than we expect, we will enter into eternity. So the question we should ask ourselves is, ‘How will the value of our days be measured?”
It won’t matter what you bought, but what you built. It won’t matter what you got, but what you gave. It won’t what you learned, but what you taught. It will not be about your competence, but about your character. It will not be about your success, but about your significance. In other words, why did you do what you did?
One day we will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ for an awards ceremony. It will not be about whether you get into heaven, because the Judgment Seat of Christ takes place in heaven. The test for the rewards that will be given out will be motive. God will not be saying, “Well done, good and successful servant.” Rather, God will be saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
The Living Bible paraphrases 1 Chronicles 29:15 this way, “We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.” We act as though life on this earth is the main event, and the afterlife is, well, an afterthought. But nothing could be further from the truth.
I love what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 as he was about to face eternity: “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.
Will you be one of those who will love his appearing because you lived for eternity and not just the present?