“But God said unto him, thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then who’s shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” (Luke 12:20).

Some people spend their entire life trying to make a good reputation for themselves.  Many want to be admired and lifted high, regardless of the insincerity or origin of their celebrants.  These people are always rushing about nothing, but to them it is necessary to make a fuss and rush, rush!!!  The sad reality of these busy, busy people is they rarely entertain the truth that life is short, and tomorrow is not promised to anyone! Never stopping to take a sincere look at their earthen vessel deteriorating.  What is next is all that comes to their minds and hearts. Have we stopped and considered that our soul is required to return to God, and all that we have accumulated in this world will belong to some else?  How do we come to terms with departing from this life? It’s Later Than You Think!

This is a reality check for all humanity. How are we spending our time, our days, our hours, and our minutes and seconds?  What is so important in our lives, that we do not take the time to stop and consider that we live in this realm of life for a short season.  We disregard the inevitable, that we must return to the dust and our soul returns to God, our Creator. After all, it is God’s breathe in all of us.  Have we spent our time trying to please the world, and family and friends? Always seeking their attention and love to validate us as a whole person? When in truth, the only approval or disapproval, will be weighed by the only one, who has the sovereignty to determine our every act whether it be good or evil.

We lend our strengths and attention acquiring wealth and success, praise and applauds from others human beings who cannot raise the dead! Yet, we pour our hearts and souls into broken cisterns that cannot hold water.  All the love and adoration that should be given to God, our first love, is showered over clay vessels, which is in the Potter’s hands. “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”  (Mark 4:19).  I was questioned many times after the passing of my belated and beloved husband, how do you do it? How do you continue to live and smile and carry on?  I replied, ‘I still have my first love, and that is God my Father. I still have the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus in my heart. Also, I know my husband has returned to the Father.  So why should I be inconsolable?’ Do I miss my belated husband, absolutely! Thankfully, I loved him in Christ, and I will see him again! It’s Later Than You Think!

Are we to be happy in this life? Can we be happy in this short life? Yes indeed, then the question becomes what is true happiness?  How can we live a happy in alignment with God’s righteousness; and transcend from this life to a greater happiness without regret or fear?  Time is tricky and we cannot determine our departure.  “But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33). 

We love and value education to become more efficient in the world.  Education sometimes increases our wealth and our station in this life, however, that too is short lived. The graveyard is filled with the mighty and the rich!  Also, our physical appearance is surely happiness to millions or even billions.  The cosmetic industry is proof of that reality!  Again, time deteriorates the flesh to dust again.  Time wasted in vanity will make the mirror laugh uncontrollably at what we ignored.  Finally, there is surely happiness in family, children, and spouses and friends! This should make us happy and yet they too must depart to the same dust as we!  It’s Later Than You Think!

After I reached a half century in age, which was a while ago, it suddenly struck me, “I am getting old!” The time is growing nearer for God to call me home, and my body will return to the dust.  For an entire year after my milestone birthday, the thought of life and death was on my mind.  Although I am a seasoned preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I asked myself, What are you going to do with the rest of your life?  The answer, “I will give God all of me!”  It became urgent and more defined and focused without distraction to totally invest myself in God.  I have spent a lifetime telling and showing people that I loved them, and if they did not see my love, they will never know!  I detached myself and my cares from the world and pursued God’s will and not my own.  I would no longer demand the impossible from a world that has no regard for God, its Creator.  I would pour myself into God with the blessed assurance that when my soul is required, I had spiritually departed from this world.  I will have already made heaven my home and God my Divine Father, and Jesus my King! I am happy in the presence and the will of my God. “The righteous shall be glad in the Lord and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.” (Ps. 64:10).  It’s Later Than You Think! Come to Jesus while you still have time! God bless you and amen.

Written by Reverend Jessica L. Matthews