I am posting this for no reason other than it captures, ever so poignantly, the transient nature of life. I will one day die. So will you. It is from dust that we have been taken, and it is to dust we shall return. You can take that to the bank. After that, we will face the judgement seat of Christ so that we may be recompensed for deeds done in the body, whether good or bad. At that point there will not be a solitary thing that will matter save the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. For those found in Christ, this is good news. For those outside of Christ, nothing or no one will have the power to deliver you from eternal damnation. My question: Are you ready?
Let the worldlings have the world, and make the most
of it! I will never envy their prosperity, for it is but for a
moment, and then, like a passing scene in a drama,
disappears forever! Their feet stand on slippery places,
and in due time their steps will slide! And then, all their
music, their mirth, and their wine will cease forever! And
when they sink, they will rise no more. They plunge into
a horrible abyss, where no ray of hope ever enters!
Oh, their end, their dreadful end!
“Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay. In time their
foot will slip, for their day of disaster is near, and
their doom is coming quickly!” Deuteronomy 32:35
(Archibald Alexander, 1772-1851)
Amen sister! I love and miss you!
Missed you yesterday too!
Class and service were not the same without you. 🙁
The good news is that the date for Baptism was announced and I am excited for you! I will be there with bells and whistles! Woot! Woot!
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Very POWERFUL! I love how he expresses the ‘worldlings’ and how they can have their world, very cool.
Martha, I loved that expression too.
Let ’em have it!!! Christ is all!
Yes, this is so true – Youth has a way of blinding the eyes of people too. A false sense of immortality causes them to believe that death is still far away. Yet, it can come today! And even if it doesn’t, time passes so quickly!!!
And yet, it is God alone who can open those blind eyes!!! People must plead with God for a heart of repentence and turning from sin to Him before the door is shut forever!
Blessings my sister!
God give us grace to walk in the fear of the Lord — that these wayward and wandering hearts of ours might know repentance!!!
Blessings to you too, Diane!
Becky@ Daily On My Way To Heaven says
I love the book by John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life,in it he deals with this topic in such a way that captivates young and old as well.
Have you read it?
I have that book too Becky. Still working on it though – fabulous!!!
No, I have not read it. But, I am pretty sure that the You Tube Clips of John Piper on the topic, “Don’t Waste Your Life” were our introduction to John Piper. Of course, we were floored. I will put it on my list for sure. Thank you!
And, Diane, please share your thoughts once you’ve made it through!
Much love to you my dear sisters!
Jon J. Cardwell says
Your introduction and the quote from Mr. Alexander reminds me of an expression I picked up from Leonard Ravenhill that I’m told I use quite a lot: “We should have eternity stamped on our eyelids.”
Blessings to you and Steven today, sister.
Paul D. Adams says
“[We] are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14, NIV)
“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.”
(2 Pet 3:11-14)
Amen. A thought that should always be before us. Reminds me of this from Spurgeon:
The hour must come for us to die. . . Do not put away the thought of that day, my fellow-workers, as though you were immortal. It may come to us on a sudden; no grey hairs may cover our heads, but while we are yet in the full strength of manly vigor, you or I may be called to give in our account. What think ye? Could you gather up your feet in the bed, and look into eternity without feeling the cold sweat of fear stand upon your brow? Could you face the great judgment seat, and say, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day”?
I love what Jon shared, “We must have eternity stamped on our eyelids.” Looking to everything we do in light of eternity. The Lord has positioned me where when I close my eyes at nite, in particular, I don’t know if they will open in the morning ‘here’ or ‘there.’ (like any of us- on any given day, really) When I open them and I find myself in my own bed (Oh! I’m still here!) it’s a gift to be sure. On the other hand, keeping eternity stamped on the eyelids is a very sound way to walk daily! May we continue! I think instead of applying eye shadow (I really don’t wear it anymore) but if I did, I’d plant these words on my lids instead of the regular way of applying! Wonderful post Christina! Blessings to you as you remind us of these truths.