It seems like the year has only just begun, but now half of it has already passed. This serves as an effective reminder of how quickly life comes and goes and how brief our pilgrimage upon this earth truly is. According to the Scriptures, we are a flower that comes forth and withers (Job 14:2); a shadow that does not remain (Job 14:2); a wind that passes and does not return (Psalm 78:39); a mere breath (Psalm 144:4); a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14).
These texts are not placed in the Scriptures in order to discourage us, but to remind us to live our lives in light of the transient nature of this life and the eternal nature of the life to follow. It is for this reason that David prayed: “LORD, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; let me know how transient I am” (Psalm 39:4).
We only have one life to live, one opportunity to serve the Lord in the midst of conflict and trial. It is here in this life that we are tested, and rewards are gained and lost. What we do now will have an unalterable effect upon eternity. Therefore, we should invest our time wisely, according to the will of the Lord (Ephesians 5:16-17).
In John 9:4, Jesus said, “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” Although the immediate application of this verse has to do with Christ’s own ministry and His impending death, it also has a wider application that speaks to us even today. While the opportunity remains, we must serve the Lord in the advancement of His kingdom. A day will come when all opportunities will have passed. Until then, we must lay aside all distractions and the sin that so easily hinders us, and we must run the race with all our heart (Hebrews 12:1). We must lay our hand to the plow and not look back (Luke 9:62). We must enter into the fields of labor to replace those whose work is done and who have been called home to receive their reward (John 4:35-38).
This is our goal at the HeartCry Missionary Society: to serve our generation in the preaching of the Gospel and the edification of God’s people. Like all who have gone before us, our time on earth will quickly end, and our name will soon perish from among the living. Yet we know that “if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (II Corinthians 5:1). May we hear on that final day, “Well done, good and faithful slave... Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21).