Life is Short – February 5, 2019

What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short.
1 Corinthians 7:29

Life is Short

Daily Devotion – February 5, 2019

Devotion based on 1 Corinthians 7:29

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In the history of TV ad campaigns, few have been more successful than the series of commercials that ran for Chevy Trucks. The slogan was, “Like a Rock,” and if you’ve ever seen one of the ads, chances are that you’ve never forgotten the sound of the strong, gravelly voice that sang those three words. Thanks to that voice, the “Like a Rock” series of TV spots lasted for years.

The strong, gravelly voice that convinced us that Chevy Trucks are “Like a Rock” belongs to a singer/songwriter by the name of Bob Seger. And here’s the twist. If you google the song and listen to the lyrics, you soon learn that Bob Seger is not celebrating toughness or power. Instead, he is a man mourning the passage of time. As a young man, Seger sings, he was “Like a Rock.” But then the years came and went. The strength of his youth disappeared. And it all happened so quickly that Seger finds himself sitting at night in front of his fireplace bewildered, stunned, wondering where those years have gone.

The message of his song is devastating and clear: Life is short. Whether you live to be 24 or 94, the years will pass through your fingers with startling speed. And when they do, your moment on this earth is done.

Which brings us to Jesus Christ.

Without Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter how strong you are in your youth; it doesn’t matter how successful you are in your prime; it doesn’t matter how golden life is in your golden years. Without Jesus Christ, this moment on the earth is the best you will ever have.

On the other hand, when you walk by faith in the Savior who has washed away your sins and covered you in his holiness—when you live in him, everything in your short life changes. Regardless of circumstances, your life has eternal purpose. Regardless of difficulties, your life has eternal joy. And regardless of the pleasures or pains you experience here, you know that the best is yet to come.

Lord Jesus, my life here is short. But you are eternal. Empower me by your gospel to live my life in you. Amen.

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