DayBreaks for 1/27/14 – Borrowed Time
Acts 17:30-31 (MSG) – God overlooks it as long as you don’t know any better—but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and he’s calling for a radical life-change. 31 He has set a day when the entire human race will be judged and everything set right. And he has already appointed the judge, confirming him before everyone by raising him from the dead.
When we say that someone is living on borrowed time, we mean that they should have died, but for some reason, they didn’t. But with each day, each hour, each heartbeat, they are “living on borrowed time.”
Usually when people know they are living on borrowed time, they live differently. They live more wisely. Often, they live more considerately of others. There is something about living on borrowed time that sounds a clarion deep within that gets our attention.
Sunday morning on our way to church, my wife and I were discussing something that has been disappointing to her about life. I, coming from a pastoral background, was trying to comfort her by saying that it would be different in heaven and that what was causing the disappointment would be gone. Then I said something to the effect that we only have to put up with it for a few more years. I don’t know what prompted me to say that, other than the fact that it’s true. When I was younger, the idea of having to put up with something for decades was incomprehensible and seemed a daunting, if not impossible, challenge. But now, we’re in our sixties and we don’t have decade after decade of life still staring us in the face. The duration of time that we have to put up with anything anymore is not that long – and it seems possible.
Back in 2001 I had an unexpected heart surgery. The surgeon said that my lungs were pink as those of a baby (I was 49 at the time), that I had the heart of a 30-year old, but my cardiac arteries were those of a 70-year-old man. So, the quad bypass circumvented some of that, but if he was right, some of my other arteries are now like those of an 82-year old man. And it dawned on me as I sat there in the car, that I am one of those who is living on borrowed time. Every heartbeat could literally be my last.
I don’t say that for sympathy. I say it because it is true, and once you’ve been diagnosed with cardiac artery disease, you are more keenly aware of that tick-tick that sounds like thump-thump inside your chest. David said that the days of our lives are known to God. With each heartbeat, I am one heartbeat closer to that day of reckoning.
But I’m not alone. The same applies to you. Because we are all sinners, we deserved to die when we committed our first sin. We die because we are human, heirs of Adam. The clock is ticking down for all of us. We are all living on borrowed time.
The question is: what will I do with the time that is left? What will you do with your remaining heartbeats? Make them count. Spend them wisely. They dwindle so rapidly…and then, like the vapor, we are gone to our eternal destiny.
James 4:14 (MSG) – You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing.
PRAYER: Father, we need perspective to realize we are all on borrowed time. Whatever days our hours may lie before us, let us make them count. Thank You for Your kindness and mercy in sparing us to this day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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