Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

The trend is “you only live once.” Sadly people view it as a license to foolishness. They act on their desires without regard to consequences. “We are young.” It doesn’t matter what we do…. we can pay the consequences later. Nothing matters but the here and now so you should live for the moment. You only live once. Do what you feel and do what you want.

Regardless of the reasons the statement is made, Satan would love to have you believe this is true and that sin is harmless. That the consequences are minimal in the long run, especially since YOLO. It really is just another way to rock the world to sleep in his arms, especially the young people. Act up, life’s a party, and it only happens once.

However, Jesus has plenty to say about only living once.

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. James 4:14

You only have one life. You only get one chance. In this big world, you only get to leave so many footprints. Where are they going to lead? It is your choice, and especially now while “we are young,” to decide how we will live our lives. How we will live this world for the generation after us. We need to have a goal, and as Christians, it is Christ.

Charles Spurgeon said, “You will not be a very good sea captain if you do not know which port you are sailing for.”

See then, that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

Some say that time is your most valuable possession, and it is the thing most often wasted. Can’t we please grab hold of this thought? Time is so important. You only live once. You only have one now. One today. One chance to impact the people around you that are in your life for such a brief period of time. What are you doing with your time? The concept of YOLO is NOT to go out and party and drink and make an idiot of yourself. It is you only live once, so do something that matters. Make a difference. Make your steps last.

Truth is, life is short. Eternity isn’t.

And while we only have one life here on earth, there is a life after this. What are we doing for that life? What are you laying up for yourself? What we do here matters a lot in the scope of eternity. Not only for the rewards that we will receive to lay at our Savior’s feet, but for the people we will impact here on earth FOR the next life.

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us i the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he should no longer live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2

The only thing you can take to heaven with you is people. Eternity is not short for the unsaved either, and selfishness at the core is to keep a secret of Jesus Christ, and the light that you have inside of you. For the Christian, that IS our life! Jesus is everything, and we live not to ourselves, but to Jesus Christ, and to see other people come to know Him so that they can also spend the next life in heaven, instead of an eternity in hell. We just celebrated Easter, but do we live everyday like Jesus is alive? He can come back at any moment, and that should be at the forefront of our minds. Jesus is alive! And Jesus is coming back soon! I want to be busy when He comes living a life to please Him.

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake our of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Romans 13:11-12

It is a sacrifice to live for eternity. It is easy to live for your own desires, and live for only the now. But Jesus calls Christians to concern themselves with things beyond today, beyond tomorrow, and beyond this life. He calls us to lay our dreams and selfish ambitions on the altar, and give up the world for the Kingdom.

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. selah. Surely every man that walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Psalm 39:4-7

Our lives are so limited. We only live once…here on earth. “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” What will they say after you are gone? What will God say when you stand before Him? We have to impact the world for Christ. We are called to make a difference for the Kingdom, because therein is our life measured. This is not just an offer on the table, it is a calling and a command. You only live once. Others will follow after you.

Make your one life count for Christ.

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