Bible Truth Restored

Bible Truth Restored

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.           1 Peter 4:11

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Only thirty three years. So short a time, and yet how great a work the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished! When other men think their work is but beginning and the best lies before them, the Son of God was made perfect and surrendered his vital breath. What was the secret of his living? Is there a principle for us to follow - something to lift us out of the common-place into the holy place?

Although the Psalms suggest that our Lord was conscious of the shortness of his days, we do not find him bemoaning it. It was not the length but the strength, not the age but the spiritual maturity of his life that concerned him. Indeed, Christ appears to have compressed his whole life span into his "hour," the triumphant crisis of death. To accomplish that was everything. It did not require the years of Methuselah, but instead an unfailing awareness of the purpose of his life.

What of our years? What is our life? Is it simply a succession of birthdays which seem to be ever closer together? Are we hastened along by the tempo of a world which has more leisure but less time, more privileges but fewer aims? If so it is time we took stock. Man-made satellites appear to be going somewhere when they set out but they end in ever decreasing circles and destruction. Our lives can be like that. We can spend a long time at sea and never make a voyage.

Surely time should be regarded as our Master's goods. It is the thread on life's loom. We cannot determine the length of cloth but we can decide its pattern. Time is not something to pass, to waste or to regret; time is opportunity to acquire a purposefulness and channel for the water of life.

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