Last night in our church, our visiting minister, Brother Joe Savala talked about what we do with our dash. Our dash refers to that little line on the tombstone between our day of birth and our day of death. When it comes to living for God, the devil often lies to people about their time on earth in the following ways.
When You’re Young – Hey, you have got lots of time. You have your whole life ahead of you. You don’t need to consecrate your life to God right now. Go out and do what you want to do. Live it up. Have some fun. You’ll have time later to be saved, to really give your life to God, to tell other people about the Lord, etc. etc.
When You’re Middle Aged – You know, you are a real busy person. You have a family to take care of. You need to work a lot to pay those bills. The kids need you to take them to soccer practice, piano lessons and karate. With all you have to do, you don’t have time to go to church every week, to teach home Bible studies, to really give your life to God, to sing in the choir, etc. etc.
When You Are Old – Wow! Where have the years gone? You could have gone to church and really lived for God. You could have taught Bible studies and helped in the church, but now you’re old. What can you really do? It’s too late. You wasted your time.
What does the Bible have to say about time.
2Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Jam 4:14Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Heb 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
Whatever age or stage we are at in life, may God help us to hear His voice today and respond wisely. None of us have the promise of tomorrow.