THE PAGES OF TIME
WHERE did the years go? you wonder, peering in the mirror at the sight of
that lone gray hair bravely pushing through. It
announces itself with bravado, growing stronger than all the other hair on your head. This one has a springy bounce all its own. And that single gray hair also makes us
think, where did our youthful dreams go, the ones that gave a lilt to our
steps and a promise of a glorious future?
TIME moves swiftly and is not a respecter of persons. Consider how shocked we are when a famous person
we admire dies. We are profoundly sad because
that person touched us on some level so that loss leaves an empty place within us.
Plus it cruelly magnifies the reality that all lives are temporary, even those in the
spotlight of fame and fortune. Money, status,
possessions cannot halt it for it sneaks upon us like a thief. St. Paul tells us in Acts Chapter 17 that
each life is preprogrammed for an allotted amount of time.
God has us scheduled to the very second for our lifes end and no one can
alter that plan.
NOW should this make us draw back in fear?
No, because as Christians we know life is only a journey to be enjoyed and
explored along the way to our destination; a journey each person must take in order to
choose the direction for our final conclusion. And
like any trip, we must prepare ourselves for it.
OKAY, so how do we prepare for eternity?
Jesus answers us in Luke 10:25-28:
One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him
this question: "Teacher, what must I do to receive eternal life?" Jesus replied, "What does the law of Moses
say? How do you read it?" The man
answered, " `You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all
your strength, and all your mind.' And, `Love your neighbor as yourself.' "Right!" Jesus told him.
"Do this and you will live!"
We make a decision to reach this plateau
through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ Who died on the cross for our sins. Our wonderful clergy can lead us to His truth,
guide and pray for us but no one can intercede for us except the Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ. No not one. The bible clearly states in John 14:6
what Jesus says: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the
Father except through me. When we
are done here, it is over forever. Period.
Read what Jesus had to say about this in Luke 16:19.
JESUS gave us another illustration in Luke 12:16-20 telling us to be
watchful because tomorrow may not be given to us:
"A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. In fact, his barns were full to overflowing. So he said, `I know! I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I'll have room enough to store everything. And I'll sit back and say to myself, My friend, you
have enough stored away for years to come. Now
take it easy! Eat, drink, and be
merry! But God said to him, You
fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get it all? This is a strong warning that we must be prepared.
OUR lives can be likened to a book. The
pages turn steadily and we cannot stop them. When
we reach the end of the book and that final page is turned, it will also signify the end
of our lifetime. Not one of us knows the
exact number of pages left in our books so we must use our time carefully, wisely building
up our faith and trust in the Lord for He alone is our salvation. If we are serious about securing a place in
Gods kingdom, we must cement our relationship with God through His Son. If we sail through life as if it is endless, not
worrying if our lives are almost done, the end will become worthless rubble to be
destroyed in hells endless pit of suffering.
NONE of us, no matter who we are, is exempt from Gods design for our
lives. Just as He formed us all from one man
and through one blood, our judgment remains the same.
Acts 17:26-27 says From
one man (and one blood) He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole
earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should
live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out and find Him, though
He is not far from each one of us.
SADLY, there are those who say there is no God.
Yet there is a search, however subconscious, for the truth of His existence. This yen for something bigger than ourselves
existed even during th e time of Saint Paul where he noticed an idol altar with an ode to
an Unknown God in a Greek Temple. Consider
again Acts in Chapter 17:22-32 that reads, So Paul, standing before the Council,
addressed them as follows: "Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious, for
as I was walking along I saw your many altars. And
one of them had this inscription on it--`To an Unknown God.' You have been
worshiping Him without knowing who He is, and now I wish to tell you about Him.
HE is the God who made the
world and everything in it. Since He is Lord
of heaven and earth, He doesn't live in man-made temples, and human hands can't serve His
needs--for He has no needs. He himself gives
life and breath to everything, and He satisfies every need there is. From one man He created all the nations
throughout the whole earth. He decided
beforehand which should rise and fall, and He determined their boundaries.
"HIS purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after
God and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him--though He is not far from any one
of us. For in Him we live
and move and exist. As one of your own poets says, `We are His offspring.' And
since this is true, we shouldn't think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold
or silver or stone. God
overlooked people's former ignorance about these things, but now He commands everyone
everywhere to turn away from idols and turn to Him.
For He has set a day for judging the world with justice by the
Man He has appointed, and He proved to everyone who this is by raising Him from the
THE people in Athens were reaching for something bigger and greater than the
inanimate idol called The Unknown God made from precious materials. These idols could not hear or see, could not
touch, were not capable of movement by themselves. And
yet, their worshippers fell to their knees and gave homage to the very things they
themselves fashioned with materials wrought from the earth that God made.
ARE we so different today? We
too have our idols of money, cars, possessions, and things that can shift our
focus away from God and His purpose for us. The
time is now to choose our direction. Shall it
be eternal heaven or will it be eternal hell? You
AS this article states in the beginning we can pull out that lone gray hair
from our heads easily enough and forget its existence but it will return again and again
like Jesus does to remind us that earthly time does not last forever. We must consider what that one hair represents
before we yank it away. Let it represent a
sign of mature wisdom and the trust in Jesus that He gives
to all who accept His salvation. Let it show
that even though the pages of life continue to turn, they are only bringing us closer to
FOR those of us who believe, let us thank Him for His
everlasting love in caring for us, thank Him for His endless blessings, for being our
solace, for forgiving our sins, for gently comforting us when life breaks us down, for
mending us when we are broken with no place to turn.
Let us thank Him for His loving kindness and His everlasting mercy. He is ever faithful, our only constant in this
changing world. For this, we will be
do not know Jesus as your friend, do you know how many pages of life you have left in your
personal book to get to know Him? Are you
ready for that final page to turn before it is closed forever? Look to Christ for salvation before it is too
late. Within His loving hands He holds an
ageless gift for you and that gift is eternal pages through ETERNAL LIFE in His BOOK of
give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them
away from me." John 10:28
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