If tomorrow was your last day to live, then what might you spend it doing? How would it be different than the way you’ve spent today… or would it? Would you guard those thoughts more closely? Would you fret over that deadline at work or the stress of another class project? Would you make one more phone call to that friend or sibling? Would you hold your loved one close and share your heart with them one last time? Would you plead with an unbelieving family member to consider Christ? Would you tell your children how much you desire for them to love and serve Jesus? Would you set your mind on eternity or would you spend another day caught up with the cares of this world?
The truth is, each one of us is going to have one last day. One last breath. One last moment. It may come with warning or it may come like a thief in the night to steal our life away. Some of us would want to know when our last day has arrived, while others of us would prefer to be caught off-guard. The reality is that each day should be “our last day” in terms of living in light of eternity. We all have shortcomings and we all get caught up in the cares of this world, but we have been called to live for something better. We were made for a grander world than this one. Paul made some very profound statements in Colossians 3:
Since you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you… (Col. 3:1-5a)
Our sinful hearts have already experienced their “last day”. They spent that day dying on the Cross with Christ. Through His death He freed us from the power of sin, and through His life He continues freeing us from the presence of sin. We are called to set our minds on things above–the place where our hope is found and where our hearts have their spiritual home. As we set our minds on things above, we put to death the earthly things that remain present in our lives. Like dead skin that clings to our living bodies, we must shake off the earthly filth that has already been crucified with Christ. We must be washed by the word of truth as we are purified of the “dead skin” that remains. We must be transformed by the renewing of our minds by fixing our thoughts and affections on Christ and His kingdom. Instead of being caught up with the momentary cares of this world, we must fix our minds upon another. In Psalm 39, David prayed that God would help him to put his focus on eternal things:
“O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreaths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!” (Ps. 39:4-6)
Our days are numbered and our lives as we now know them are fleeting more quickly than we even realize. Today is the day to contemplate your last day. Where will you spend eternity? Have you put your faith in Christ and repented of your sin? If you haven’t, then what are you waiting for? You may never get another chance. If you have, then how will you leave this world? Will you leave it as one who stewarded your life well or will an examination of your life leave you with many regrets? Today might be your last day… You ought to spend some time thinking about eternity and in what condition you will leave that which has been entrusted to you. Today is your last day, as far as you know it. Live in light of eternity and Lord willing, you will learn to measure your days. Then you’ll live each day as if it was your last. May God remind us all to number our days so that we make each one of them count in light of eternity.
Blessings in Christ, Gabe