In John 9 Jesus says we should work while it is day… night comes when no one can work. Ok, we have invented artificial light that keeps us working all day. But that does not change the truth of the statement. We have to work while we can work. Watching the weather the other night it said we have about 20 minutes less daylight now since the longest day of year passed on June 21st. We may not notice it a lot but the days are growing shorter. By August 1st we’ll realize it is no longer light at 10:00 o’clock. Night is coming sooner and sooner.
It’s true not only of the days, but our lives! Paul writes (Romans 13:11) that salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. That’s true for everyone of us, no matter what our age. I have noticed in my own life that the day of my death is nearer than ever before! I noticed it when I had to wear glasses to pass my driver’s test. Then, I noticed my golf balls didn’t go as far as they used to – so I swung harder and they still didn’t go as far and not as straight either. I used to love to walk. I would throw my bag on my shoulder and walk, even in 90+ degree heat like this past week and think nothing of it. Now, I throw them on a cart and get someone else to drive whenever I can.
I can’t stop the days from getting shorter. I can’t stop myself from getting older – well, I can but it is not the option I want right now. I do want to go to Heaven, just not today. I also find that there are things in life that I haven’t done, but I would like to. No doubt, time will run out before I get around to all of them. But, as these thoughts hit me, I want more than ever to conduct myself becomingly as in the day and prepare for Eternity. I sometimes wonder when I will preach my last sermon… attend my last worship service… perform my last baptism…
All I know is the night is far gone, the day is at hand. It’s time to get to work.