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My Days Are Numbered

Posted: Monday, February 22

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Leviticus 13:1-59
Mark 6:1-29
Psalm 39:1-13
Proverbs 10:10 

 

Verse of the day:

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered - how fleeting my life is. (Psalm 39:4)


Years ago I heard Andy Stanley make an insightful comment regarding time. He noted that anytime we believe we have an unlimited supply of something we tend to waste it.

 

 

My wife and I just returned from a vacation and one of the highlights for me was the breakfast buffet each morning. There was a vast selection of pastries and since I didn’t know the next time I’d be back I felt like I needed to take at least a bite of each one. I probably sinned in my consumption and waste.

 

 

It’s one thing to waste great pastries; it’s another thing to waste your life. Our time is not unlimited. Psalm 90:10 tells us that we can expect to live somewhere between 70-80 years. We have the best healthcare in the world and we’ve only been able to add a few years on top of this. Life is a vapor.

 

 

As a young adult pastor I often come up against the mindset in our culture that one’s twenties are a throwaway decade; it’s a season for experimenting and exploring and fun; it’s a time to make bad decisions because you can get serious and recover later in life. But life is short; you can’t afford to waste what could be your most fruitful years for God.

 

 

You’ll make the most of this day when you start from a foundation that your days are numbered. God has priorities for your life and not every opportunity that presents itself is worth your time.

 

 

Grandma Brooks has lived 100 years and by all appearances she is nearing the end of her race. In her kitchen she hung a plaque whose words ring loud and clear in my heart:

 

 

‘Only one life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.’