Have you heard of the “Tikker” watch? The Tikker watch not only tells you the time of day, it calculates your estimated normal life expectancy and displays a running countdown of your remaining time left to live. This product was inspired by the brevity of life and reminds us that EVERY SECOND MATTERS!
Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.
When was the last time you really considered just how brief life is? As a pastor, I am confronted by weekly reminders of this biblical truth reflected in the lives of those I have the privilege to shepherd. King David was face-to-face with this stark reality in the Psalm 39 above; he described the span of his life as being no longer than the width of his hand, as nothing compared to the eternal existence of God, little more than a breath of air.
I am convinced that holding to this view of life is the only way we can truly make the time we have been given matter. We must keep in view that the gift of life we have been given is just that: a gift. Our gift back to God is how we choose to live or invest our brief span in this earthly tent for His glory and the good of others—all others, regardless of cost or circumstance.
So . . . knowing that it’s later than it’s ever been, have you prayerfully considered just how you have been investing your time lately? With your family? At the office? In your church?
God has given us many resources that, when spent, can be replaced. Time is not one of them! When you spend an hour, you have one less hour to spend. Perhaps the Tikker is not such a crazy idea. Life is racing by, and if we don’t pause long enough to live it, we will miss it.
Remember, the past is gone; the future on this side of the grave is promised to no one; all you have is right now. The clock is counting down and eventually, inevitably, the sands of time will run completely out. Now is the time to serve God. Now is the time to recommit yourself to making every moment matter. Now is the time to live for nothing smaller than the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the only place where you will find yourself living a life that truly matters—a life that will be measured not by its duration, but rather by its donation!
You are going to give your life to something; we all do. Why not give it completely to the One who gave it to you? Prayerfully consider these two questions as we close today:
What changes do I need to make in my life right now to make every second count?
What will it cost me if I don’t?
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!