The Uncertainty of Life

The normal life time of a person today averages about 75 years. As we consider these facts we ought to determine to live according to God’s instruction so that our years here will be pleasant and perhaps a bit longer than 75. We know that the Bible teaches that man may live perhaps 80 years if by reason of physical care and condition of the physical man as well as the spiritual man; God’s Book tells us this in … {1 Peter 3:10 – For, He that would love life, And see good days , Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips that they speak no guile: ASV — Psalms 90:10: “The days of our years are three score years and ten ; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow [RSV, “trouble”] …” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

As we look thoughtfully at the teaching of the Bible and to past history and experiences in our lives {i.e. depending on age} we may realize the importance of our existence each day. Indeed; God created each one of us for great things but the extent of our greatness is dependent upon our reaction to events in our live from God’s perspective.

The accomplishments of ours as individuals may be meager but as part of an active and approved of God congregation {i.e. a faithful member of a sound church of Christ –cf. Romans 16:16}; we may be a sound, growing, united, and faithful to God’s Word movement in a city of false religions, doing God’s work without failing in our responsibilities to our wives/husbands and children as well as doing everything that WE CAN TO ENCOURAGE THOSE IN OUR FAMILY, OUR NEIGHBORS AND ANYONE ELSE WHO WILL LISTEN TO US AND CONSIDER OUR ENCOURAGEMENT TO VISIT THE CONGREGATION, TEACH THEM ALSO TO CONSIDER SALVATION FROM SIN BECAUSE WE PURSUE THEM, TALK ABOUT THE GOODNESS OF GOD; THE CHURCH AND APPLAUD THE INFLUENCE OF THE CHURCH AMONG THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

Yes; life here is uncertain but we can make our lives count for Almighty God if we will volunteer to be a Christian and live a faithful and fruitful life in His service – cf. 1 Peter 1:3-10 – 3 Blessed (be) the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy begat us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who by the power of God are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, ye have been put to grief in manifold trials, 7 that the proof of your faith, (being) more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire, may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ: 8 whom not having seen ye love; on whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 receiving the end of your faith, (even) the salvation of (your) souls. 10 Concerning which salvation the prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that (should come) unto you: ASV

by Garreth L. Clair

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