In 2022, there were a lot of celebrities who died. The number seemed greater than in
previous years. The ages range from the young to those in their nineties. However old they were, life is still short. The Biblical teaching is that the importance of life is not so much the quantity of years as it is the quality. The Psalmist wrote, “We spend our lives as a tale that is told” (Psa. 90:9 KJV). What kind of tale is your life telling? In thinking about the quality of our lives, emphasis is placed on making the most of the time we have.
We should pay attention and make the most of our lives on earth. The Psalmist wrote, "So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psa. 90:12 (NKJV). This is a similar thought Paul expressed when he wrote, “…redeeming the time because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16).
We should make the most of our lives because we don’t have long here compared to eternity. Peter described our lives as grass that eventually withers and falls away (1 Pet. 1:24). In the Bible life is compared to: a sigh (Ps. 90:9), sleep (Ps. 90:5), a shadow (Eccl. 6:12), a moment (2 Co. 4:17), and a weaver’s shuttle (Job 7:6).
How are we spending our lives? Do we pay more attention to the physical comforts of life than we do the spiritual? Jesus said, “One’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15). Let us be more diligent in our spiritual lives in case death comes too early for us and our lives end too soon.
- Bill Brandstatter preaches for the Marion Church of Christ in Marion, IL. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://marionchurchofchrist.com/