May 25 

How Then Shall We Live?

Devotions on Living the Deeper Christian Life

“For where your treasure is, there will be your heart be also.” – Luke 12:34

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Back in the days of ancient Rome, during the years of the Caesars, there was a person whose only job it was to hold a laurel wreath over the head of Caesar and from time to time intone the words, ‘Thou art mortal.’

The purpose of this was to remind the man in whom such a great powers resided that he, too, was, after all, only a man, and as such, mortal.

We don’t often think of our own mortality unless we are faced with something that reminds us of it.  It may be a parent’s funeral, or a near collision accident, or maybe a medical test result that isn’t quite “normal.” No matter what the cause, it forces us to face the fact that we all have limited time on this earth. The Chinese have a saying that reads, “Pray for old age, it is a privilege denied to many.”

Some of us may be in a season of dealing with such a reality. What then, would God have us to learn in this “season?” Surely, it is a time planned for by God, for nothing catches Him by surprise.

Focusing on our own mortality can bring out the best and the worst in us. It is only when we realize that each day is a gift, that we can truly live life to the fullest, embracing all that is given to us. It can also invoke a feeling of fear and insecurity.

Regardless of the “feeling” that this realization creates, I think the lesson here is to turn our face towards the One that has “planted eternity in our hearts.” Ecclesiastes 3 not only describes the various seasons of our lives, it also tells us, “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (v11). 

How does one find beauty in a time of facing our own mortality? The answer lies with Him for each one of us. There is part of us required in a difficult season from our Eternal God. It requires our surrender to His will in difficult circumstances. Surrender to the One that breathed life in us; surrender to the one that shed His blood for our sins; surrender to the One that gave all and asks all. For He sees your life form His Eternal perspective and knows what you need most at this very moment in time.

Let us then live life with great expectation that His plan is a good one and for your Eternal benefit. God instructs us in His word that He is aware of our mortality.  We have today. It is a gift. None of us has forever on this earth, and sometimes God allows us to be reminded, just like the Caesars of old. Maybe He reminds us so that we can truly cherish that which He has given us, or maybe He is allowing us a glimpse of an Eternity through our suffering that He has planned for us.

<>–Words to Live By–<>

<>–Life’s Daring Adventure–<>

Helen Keller, though blind and deaf from the age of two, refused to be overcome by her disability. Rather than retreating into the darkness of her world, she ambitiously pursued her dreams. “Security does not really exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it,” she commented. “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

<>–Better Than Man’s Approval–<>

“It is better to have God’s approval, than the world’s applause: there is a time shortly coming when a smile from God’s face will be infinitely better than all the applause of men: how sweet will that word be, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’ (Matt. 25: 21).” – Thomas Watson, (c. 1620 – 1686) English, Puritan preacher {c=