A little while longer
Then Jesus said to them, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent Me. John 7:33
These are words we could be saying today: “We will be here just a little while longer.” No matter what age you are, we are in this world for just a short time. Even if we live out the full number of our day, it is likely that it will be under 100 years, then we will go to be with our Father in heaven.
In today’s reading, Jesus told the temple guards that came to arrest Him, that He would be with them a little while longer. It was not time yet for Him to be taken in and put on the cross, so He just told them: “Not yet.”
As I get older and with each passing day, it feels like time is speeding up. While I know it isn’t the case, it is true that my life is heading for the finish line. Each day I race through the course that I am on. Somedays it is a slower pace than others, but overall, I know where and what my destination is. I will end up with my Lord in heaven one day. We all will, or at least all of us who know Him personally.
So here is the all-important question to ask today. What will I say when I stand before Him and He looks at what I have done here in this world in this lifetime. What will I talk about when I see Him face to face. More importantly, what is He going to be interested in about my life. Will He be asking me how much money I saved or what great deals I got when shopping? Or will He ask me questions about how I helped others or how much I prayed for others. The thing is, only two days really count for us. They are that day . . . the day I stand before Him and today. That is, what am I doing today that will be seen or recognized on that day.
This thought really gives me a new perspective on my life. It helps me to keep in mind that I am living today for a day in the future when I meet my Lord in heaven when I am done here. This is actually good news and empowers me to know that I am living today for a reason, an eternal reason. This is good news for you too. You still have today. Even if you have made no eternal impact with your life up to this point, you can start today. You can begin to live your life on purpose, touching the people that go through it with you each and every day. You can begin to prepare today for that day after you leave this world. We are all going to have that day, whether knowing Him or not. Don’t wait until it is too late to make it a good day.
Today I want to encourage you to recognize that your time has not yet come. You still have time here in this world and although it seems to be going faster as you get older, you can still make each day here count for your eternity. Start today to impact the world around you and be ready when you step from this life into the next. You only get one chance today, don’t let it be a day of regret, make every word and action be as unto the Lord.
Today’s scripture reading: John 7:32-36
32 The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him.
33 Then Jesus said to them, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent Me.
34 You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come.”
35 Then the Jews said among themselves, “Where does He intend to go that we shall not find Him? Does He intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks?
36 What is this thing that He said, ‘You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come’?”