I’m dying. My terminal diagnosis was made a long time ago.
In the Spring of 2006, I went under a common outpatient surgical procedure. After the surgery my doctor informed me that he wanted to have some lab work done and he’d get back to me if anything was amiss. The very next week I found myself traveling for business. As I landed back in my hometown after a 4 hour flight, my phone informed me I had four voicemails from the same number. It was my doctor and his nurse calling repeatedly to have me contact them as soon as possible.
My hands shook as I dialed the number. I could feel my heart racing as I waited for the line to be picked up. Finally….I got through. The doctor got on the line and…..everything was fine. He just wanted to touch base with me about something minor.
“I’m not going to die”, I said to myself with relief as I hung up the phone.
I was wrong. I am dying.
The truth is you are too. We’re all terminal. Our bodies are any way.
In the beginning of human history, Adam and Eve enjoyed a season of life where their bodies we’re fully alive and not at all in the process of dying. When they took hold of the fruit of the tree of good and evil they began to die (Gen. 2:17). Now, with the rest of us being born into sin, we immediately begin moving from the cradle to the grave from the moment of our conception. Even now as you read this post your body is in the process of giving way to death.
Our spirits, however, will live forever. We are eternal beings. We’ll either enjoy eternity with God by placing our faith in Christ or endure the torment of His absence. Until that final countdown of this brief life ticks off we have two choices: to live for ourselves or to live for the glory of the one who created us.
While the length of our earthly existence is merely the blink of an eye compared to eternity, our lives are meant for more than consumption and trying to make a name for ourselves. You’ve been given a gift: A unique life’s purpose to bring God glory.
Seize it! Take back your God-given life from the pull of this world and choose to live for someone higher and greater than yourself: Jesus Christ.