I once heard my absolute favourite preacher, my very own husband, say in a sermon on love the following statements:
“All the trials, temptations and outside forces we face are simply a device of the enemy to distract us from the sole purpose of our fleeting lives; that is to love God, love others and bring the lost to Christ. Time is short, so don’t give in to the stress of life, and the garbage it throws us, but rather focus on the cross and save souls!”
As I sit and reflect on my husband’s words to us that Sunday morning, I am reminded again of two very clear directives from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ found in His Word.
The first directive is found in Mark 12:29-31 and was Jesus’ response when asked what the greatest commandment was. He said, “The most important one is this…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this; love your neighbour as yourself; there is no commandment greater than these.”
His second directive, otherwise known as the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20, says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Further, when I ponder the speed at which my life has flown James 4:14 comes to mind. “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” It only seems like yesterday that I graduated from University, got married and somehow now my boys are young men! I remember songs and television shows from my childhood with fondness and when I reference them individuals less than 30 years old have no idea what I am talking about. Time flies!
Life is short, filled with joys and hardships, ups and downs, twists and turns. Distractions and pleasures are a plenty. But, we can simplify our time on earth and fulfil the “sole purpose of our fleeting lives” by simply loving God, loving others and bringing the lost into relationship with our Saviour. Time is short!