SELAH Daily Devotions!
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36-37
“Time is filled with swift transition, Naught of earth unmoved can stand, Build your hopes on things eternal, Hold to God’s unchanging hand.” (saanngn yall)
Remember that one? It’s the first verse to one of my favorite Gospel hymns (by Jennie Bain Wilson)! This song probes the core of every mortal’s soul provoking either aggravating or consoling intentional thought concerning its eternal destination. That might be why churrch folk don’t sing it that much no more huh? #ijs
While some would prefer to dismiss the inevitable potency of its reality, there’s absolutely no escaping it. The most precious commodity in the earth is not silver, gold, oil or even real estate—BUT TIME!
Jus so happens that at this writing, we on the East Coast of USA just lost a whole 60 minutes on Saturday, due to DST; that is until we revert back to EST in November, so I suppose that time is relative to whatever season one finds themself at any given moment! Inevitably, the best times seem to dissipitate way too quickly and the worst of times feel as though they linger on and on and on, right?
This New Millennium Theology teaches “time is money”; but I beg to differ!
Time is much more valuable than mere mammon. Granted, you’d probably never notice the slightest hint of this, given the media’s promotion of the extravagant lifestyles of the rich and famous! Nevertheless, I think it not robbery to propose that if you’d ask any one of this world’s wealthiest man or woman, retrospectfully glancing back over their life’s times achievements, how much they’d be willing to barter for one solitary moment of unrefined, unrequited love; one night of tranquil serene rest unhindered by foreboding betrayal; one day of normality without drug induced sense of well-being, many would ardently confess—“ALL…I’D GIVE UP ALL!”
Hence, Beloved, that’s the crucible of every one of our lives! What makes life meaningful and more importantly what in this life that’s truly worth dying for? “If in this life only we have hope, we are of all men most miserable.” 1 Corinthians 15:19.
But! Thanks Be To God, The Master Economist, Who dispenses time and talents based on projected recompense! (Ref. Matthew 25:14-30) We have been given the gift of time called ‘TODAY’ to fulfill God’s Purpose for our lives, one day and one step at a time!
For those of us who’d prefer the swiftest transition from grace to grace, find this acutely frustrating! Considering God doesn’t generally operate in a straight line but choses rather to orchestrate the progression of our spiritual growth and development on a curve that favors Purpose over pain and Character over convenience!
Someone once said (and I am not quoting) “The only certain thing about this life is uncertainty. Life is change and change is growth and growth is evolving into the ‘being’ that God has created in us”.
Sounds like a wise person would count up the cost and build your life on things eternal, huh?
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
DON’T WASTE IT—LIVE LIFE TO LAST ETERNALLY! REMEMBER, IT’S ABOUT TIME!
Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!