A lot of people have died this past year. Their clock of life stopped. We are never sure of tomorrow.
Jesus is our example. He was aware of the shortness of time, and He went all out. He worked to the point of exhaustion, to the point of sleeping on a boat in a storm. When others were sleeping, He prayed. He was in constant communication with His Father, but worked a grueling pace, teaching, healing, planting seeds of truth, unmasking sin and hypocrisy, comforting the discouraged, and unfolding the plan of salvation.
We have a lot to do while it is day. Do our lives show it? John 9:4.
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, and we have no power to extend life. But we have the assurance, whether we live or die, that we are the Lord’s. While we are alive, God loves us and cares for us. We are His. And when the clock of time stops for us, we are still His.
Soon there will be a New Year in a New Earth beyond the power of death. As long as God grants us life, let’s live faithfully for Him. Really, it’s not how long we live, but how we live that counts! James 4:14.