Let me ask you a question. And I want you to really think hard about the answer.
Do you know when you are going to die?
Seriously....do you? Or don't you?
The answer is easy. You don't have a clue....just like I don't have a clue.
But we live like we know we won't die until we're old and grey.
We have no way of knowing if we will be old and grey or if we will even see tomorrow.
So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
If you take a look at what the Bible has to say about our hearts, you will see that our hearts are the key to spending eternity with our Savior (for more on that, check out any of the posts I've written here). We must be pursing the Lord with all that we are, and we can't do that if our hearts are not in the right place or if our affections are divided.
It seems, however, that most of the general church population wants to put off cleaning up their hearts and giving them completely to the Lord until....well, until tomorrow. After all, we always have tomorrow.
But what if we don't? What if we don't have tomorrow?
If you were to take a look at your life right now, would you be okay with everything if you died today? Or are there things you need to take care of? People you need to talk to? Relationships that need fixing? Family or friends that need forgiving?
Most importantly - is your heart in the right place with the Lord? Could you present your heart to Him and tell Him that you gave it your all? Would you be presenting Him with a heart of wisdom or a lukewarm heart that never left the fence?
I want to rephrase that verse for you a few different ways so that you really get the point.
John Wesley puts it this way:
"Teach us...to consider the shortness of life and the certainty and speediness of death...That we may heartily devote ourselves to true wisdom."
Because, yes, death is certain and, often, quite speedy! Therefore, we must devote ourselves to true wisdom which is seeking the Lord.
From Matthew Henry:
"We must live under a constant apprehension of the shortness and uncertainty of life and the near approach of death & eternity."
Everything we do should be with eternity in mind because this life is, most definitely, temporary and uncertain.
And lastly, Adam Clarke rephrases it perfectly:
"Let us deeply consider our own frailty, and the shortness and uncertainty of life, that we may live for eternity, acquaint ourselves with thee, and be at peace; that we may die in thy favor and live and reign with thee eternally."
Eternity depends on our lives now. Do you get that? Do you really get that? Everything we do, every choice we make affects that.
Today, I challenge you to live like you were dying.
Make amends. Apologize. Forgive and let go. Love like you have never loved before. Give. Enjoy life. Be thankful.
And, most importantly, get your heart right with the Lord.