Seventy years. That’s what Moses, the writer of this Psalm, reckons that a man’s average lifespan is. Possibly more if the person is strong.
This is not a prescription of how long a person is going to live. Moses himself lived to be 120 years old, his brother Aaron 123. These words were given to Moses by God to help remind us of how short life is. Seventy years isn’t a long time compared to eternity.
Moses wasn’t far off, either. Of course we know he was inspired by God to write theses words, but according to the World Bank the average lifespan of a male in the United States has risen since 1960 (when it was 70 years) to 78 years. Still not a long time.
On June 29th of this year (2019) I will be 35 years old. That means, if I believe Moses (which I do) then my life is roughly halfway over. That’s a sobering thought. Of course, the Lord could have other plans and I could live to be older. Or my life could be cut short in death or in the rapture.
No matter how long I live though, 35 is a good time to look back on my life and see what the Lord has done and look forward to what He will continue to do. It is also a good time to recommit to the Lord and what He has for me.
I’ve been thinking over the last few weeks and I have some things I want to do in my next 35 years. They are kind of a hodge-podge of different thoughts but I hope they will be a help to you as you consider the days you have left here on this earth.
- I want to do more things that matter for eternity.
If we are honest with ourselves we spend the majority of our time doing things that do not matter for eternity. For the majority of people this is a necessity. We have to work secular jobs to support ourselves and our family. I do believe we ought to do everything, including work, to the glory of God and in our best ability. Apart from that our jobs don’t make much of an impact that lasts through eternity.
I’ve spent years and years working in the secular world. The closest I ever came to being “full-time” in the ministry is when I was on work scholarship in the cafeteria at college. Even during my college internship I worked a secular job to pay my bills.
Most of us can’t just quit our jobs and begin working for the Lord. The church can’t support us. There isn’t a position open. But what we can do is make sure we are redeeming whatever time we have.
Each of us has time we can give the Lord. Time we use now watching TV or engaged in other frivolous pursuits. Time we could spend in prayer or meditation while doing something else. Whatever time I have I want to make it count for more than this life.
- I want to know the Lord better.
Hopefully this is the prayer of every person who knows the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. I hope you really, truly, sincerely want to know the Lord in a greater and deeper way.
I must make a confession: I was in Bible college before I ever read my Bible all the way through. Even then I only did it because I was required to by one of my professors. Since that time I went years without reading it through again.
Today I can say that I love God’s Word more now than ever before. I don’t know how many times I’ve read it through, but it has been several. A few years ago I read it through 4 times that year just to see if I could do it. One year I plan on reading it through 6 or even 12 just to totally saturate myself in God’s Word but that hasn’t happened yet.
I don’t expect every Christian will be reading this blog post and then going out to read their Bible several times in the next few months. What I hope though is that this article will encourage you to read the entirety of your Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. It may take you months or even years, but it will be worth it.
Pastor Adrian Rogers famously said “The Bible is God’s love-letter to mankind” and I think he’s right. If that is true then we ought to want to read it to learn of Him because we love Him! I don’t want to spend another day of my life neglecting God’s Word!
- I want to pray.
The disciples came to the Lord and they asked Him to teach them to pray, not how to pray. We all know how to pray (talk to God) it is the doing that we have a problem with. We get uncomfortable or don’t think God is listening.
For the rest of my life, I want to be a person who prays. I pray now, of course, but I want to have what D. L . Moody called a prevailing prayer life. I want it to be rich and full not because every request gets answered, but because I know I’ve been talking to God Almighty.
I have a love for books, but especially biographies. I have biographies of many religious, political, and business leaders in my small private library. As I read the accounts of men and women who did great things for God I notice one thing about them: they were all people of prayer. Moody, Spurgeon, Hudson, Bounds, Rice, Malone, Roberson, and the list could go on and on. These were men who spent time with their Heavenly Father in prayer on a daily basis.
- I want to do God’s Will.
I’ve heard this phrase so many times it’s almost a cliche. I’ve said or thought it so often it should be. But I’m being sincere here: I really want to do God’s Will for the rest of my life.
At some point in our lives we all have to decide who is going to make decisions for us. We have several options. We could leave it up to ourselves. We do what we want and don’t let anyone stop us. This is the attitude that can lead to jail, but it is one shared with many who are not incarcerated.
We can allow someone else call the shots. It could be a spouse or significant other. It could be an employer. It could be a parent or even a friend. Some people aren’t comfortable making decisions so they let someone else do it for them.
For me, and for those who know Christ as Saviour, the choice should be an easy one. We should allow the Lord to lead, guide, and direct us in all things. He should be the decision maker in our life 100% of the time.
So there they are. Simple thoughts as to what I want to do with the time I have left here on earth.
No matter how old or young you are there is always time to reevaluate your life. To see what things are most important to you. To dedicate what time you have left to serving the Lord.
“For we walk by faith,not by sight;” 2 Corinthians 5:7