Imagine you were told today by a doctor that you have an intense form of cancer and only have 3 days left at best. How would your words change, your actions, your priorities? In Psalm 90:12 the Psalmist says “teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” What if you numbered your days, this doesn’t mean today, 1, tomorrow 2, the next day, 5… Oh maybe I’m not good at counting lol. The principle here is counting today as possible your last day. If we look at our days as fleeting, living in accordance with Psalm 39:4 “O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!” The Psalmist petitions that if you thought you only had a few days left you would apply more wisdom to your life.
I want to challenge you that as James 4 says, we are just a mist, our life is just a breath. Today may very well be your last. It very well may be my last day. If you believed that was true not only of yourselves but also those around you, you wouldn’t be wasting frivolous hours on things that provide no long term meaning. One of the main problems with our intentions in life is that we don’t accept the fact that today may be our last.
So what are you going to do about it? Would you be content if this morning you didn’t wake up. Would you be content with the events of your day yesterday if today you didn’t wake up? Or… are you like most people and would be filled with regrets? Again, this may be your last day, it may be the last day of someone you talk to today. Satan has done such a good job at convincing us all that we are going to live forever so we waste hours upon hours of times doing pointless things.
If you can do these two things every morning you are going to find major changes: 1)Thank God for giving you one more day, like really thank Him. 2)Ask God to give you an urgency, a drive to treat today like your last day.
If you do this it will show you what is most important to you, and you’ll find many things that you normally waste time on will go away. What are you living for? I don’t want my life defined by the hours I have wasted on pointless things… What about you?
Spend 1 minute thanking God for another day, another opportunity to work for Him. Then spend 2-3 minutes asking God to help you do what we just talked about!
If you take this above principle and apply it to others too (it’s their last day) you will find time to tell people the the things you feel is important. Hopefully that’s the Gospel.