In the last week I’ve had two funerals. When you have seasons like that where you walk through the “Valley of the Shadow of Death” it reminds you of the brevity of like. James said, “You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14) Seasons like this remind me of why I left a promising career with a Fortune 100 company to become a pastor. Only that which is done for the Lord will last. All that matters is “That Day” when we will see our Savior face-to-face.
Martin Luther marked two critical days on his calendar—“Today” and “That Day.” That Day marked the day he would arrive in heaven. Luther understood that some day will be “that day” and therefore we must live today like it is our last day.
The funeral today was a 34 year old man who was engaged to be married but an unexpected infection struck him down. I’ve done funerals for babies, children and people of all ages. The one thing you understand as someone who has pastured for a while is that we will all close our eyes on this earth one last time sooner that we think. Life is very short.
This is why we can’t let the busyness of life, fear, anxiety, or complacency keep us from preparing ourselves and others for eternity.
Live this day, like that day is today.