Lord, make me to know my end and [to appreciate] the measure of my days – what it is; let me know and realize how frail I am [how transient is my stay here]. Behold, You have made my days as [short as] handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in Your sight. Truly every man at his best is merely a breath! Selah [pause and calmly think of that]! Surely every man walks to and fro – like a shadow in a pantomime; surely for futility and emptiness he is in turmoil; each one heaps up riches, not knowing who will gather them. Psalm 39: 4-6
I have spoken on this scripture before but it has been on my mind lately. Do you realize just how fleeting our lives are? The word says, “every man at his best is merely a breath“! Our lives are not as long as we think they are!! Think about this. Adam lived a total of 930 years (Genesis 4:5) but even his life was just a breath!!! If his life was merely a breath all 930 years of it, just imagine yours??!! I hope you are beginning to see just how fleeting your life is. “My lifetime is as nothing in Your sight”, it goes on to say!!!! The problem is we act like we have all the time in the world when we don ‘t. Are you doing things that count? 60, 70, 80 years is really not that long. It is just a breath!
It is important to know how fleeting your life is so you can treat life with the respect it deserves!! When you know time is short you begin to see things differently. The important things of life become very clear to see. Grudges are forgotten about, people are forgiven, time is used wisely. My goal is to open your eyes to just how important the time God has given you is. Make your life count. Spend the time you have doing things that matter…….
I had an amazing church service today. God really showed up in our services. I serve in my church in our visual arts department which consists of dance, flags, banners, ballet and drama. I am directly involved in banners and flags and I love it. I also teach young people at kids church. I love that as well.
I was reading a book called “An Hour On Sunday” by Nancy Beach. This is an amazing book especially if you are serving in a department. If you serve at church you need to know that your role is important. It doesn’t matter what you do, just know your role is critical. It is not just something we do, No! It is an opportunity to bring someone to Christ. The book addresses how we should be people who serve with passion. Where is your passion when it comes to the ‘Bride’?
Before I go further into passion let me tell you the sad truth of the ‘Bride’. For many people the hour at church is a time when attenders minds tend to wander aimlessly and their hearts go untouched! This should not be so. An hour on Sunday should be a time of wonder, a time of transformation, and perhaps a time of awe!
But most people would describe their experience at church as tolerable at best. These same words are used quite frequently when church is talked about: boring, irrelevant, mediocre, hypocritical, academic, stuffy.
A few people expect to be moved or encouraged or transformed in significant ways because of the hour on sunday.
And that is so true. We have a responsibility as people who serve to allow God to move powerfully in this time on Sunday.
Our God longs to use the gathering time in communities of faith for some of His greatest work in human hearts!
Is that the way you view the hour at church?
I will pick up on this important topic in part two. In the part two we will look at the zeal we should have for the church and we will look at how the hour on Sunday is a cooperative effort. It is God working through you. But more about that in the next post. See you then.