Life is Short
Daily Bible Reading – Job 35, 36; 1 Corinthians 7, 8
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Life is short. We have all heard that phrase a million times. In fact, the phrase is used so often, that it is easy to hear it and not even think about what it means. As I was reading God’s Word, today’s key passage seemed to jump off the page. When I first read it, my initial thought was that this idea was so overused that I shouldn’t bother to write about it, but then I really started to think about the idea of life being short. In terms of eternity, the 80 or so years most people spend on this earth are tiny in comparison. The average human lifespan in the U.S. is 78.1 years or roughly 28,500 days. That sounds like a lot, but compared to eternity it is nothing. The Bible says that God has guaranteed us eternal life with Him through His Son Jesus Christ. We will literally live forever with Him because of His gift to us. Yet, we spend a ton of time on earth worrying about the brief 78.1 years we spend here. The car we really want, the house we think we need, or the new gadget that just came out mean nothing in terms of eternity. The paycheck we really want to make today will mean absolutely nothing tomorrow. In today’s passage, Paul is urging believers not to make marriage, possessions, or financial security the ultimate goal in life. He is urging them to keep Christ first, because everything of this world is passing away. When we are able to surrender everything to Jesus Christ, all of the worries of this world seem insignificant. When we are able to think in terms of eternity, a single bad day means nothing.
I once heard it said that we can live for the line or we can live for the dash. The line refers to God’s line – his timetable. God’s line is infinitely long. There is a point on this line where we are born and a point where we die. We affect the line during our lives, but the line does not begin or end with us. The dash refers to the hyphen they place on tombstones between the date of birth and the date of death. The dash on the tombstone represents all of our actions while on earth. If we live for the dash, we will never be truly fulfilled because we will never be able to squeeze it all in. If we live for the line, we can find true fulfillment and happiness knowing that we are serving God during our limited time here, and that we will be rewarded when we begin our eternity with Him. Let us all choose today to live for the line. Let us all choose today to think in terms of eternity, and to put God first in all that we do.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on November 10, 2013, in 07 - 1 Corinthians and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Religion, Salvation, Service. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.