Ephesians 5:15-16 “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Psalm 144:4 “Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.”
James 4:14, 17 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away…Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
II Timothy 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
It is a trick of the devil to convince us that urgency is not needed as we serve God. Satan would have us wait until tomorrow. He would have us to forget that we are to redeem the time. He would have us to neglect the truth that our days vanisheth and passeth away more quickly than we would imagine. He would certainly have us skip over James 4:17 and its poignant reminder that neglecting to do the good we know we should do, even if it is because time runs out on us, is not just unfortunate … it is actually sin.
The urgent determination modeled to us (as described in the prior post: http://prayatlunch.us/while-it-is-day/) by Jesus, Paul, and Esther are critical to our effectiveness as Christians. This characteristic is also vital because time is slipping away faster than we recognize. The days are evil. Our days are as a shadow that passes away before we know it. Our life is like a vapor that appears only for a little time before it vanishes away.
When we fail to finish our course because of a lack of urgency, we are yielding ground to godlessness and tarnishing our testimony.
PLEASE PRAY FOR AN URGENCY TO FINISH OUR COURSE, RECOGNIZING THAT OPPORTUNITIES TOMORROW ARE NEVER GUARANTEED. Redeem the time today!