Tag: Living

Gone so soon without a trace!

Thomas Watsonby Thomas Watson

“The Godly Man’s Picture Drawn with a Scripture Pencil”

“We were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow!” Job 8:9

“My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass!” Psalm 102:11

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time.” Ephesians 5:16

How you spend your time is a matter of great importance. Many people fool away their time–some in idle visits, others in recreations and pleasures which secretly bewitch the heart, and take it away from holy things. What are our golden hours for–but to attend to our souls?

Time misspent is not time lived–but time lost!

Time is a precious commodity. As salvation is to be worked out in time, and a place in Heaven depends on using it well–time is of infinite concern!

Think of your short stay in the world. “We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a shadow–gone so soon without a trace!” 1 Chronicles 29:15

There is but a span between the cradle and the grave! Solomon says there is “a time to be born and a time to die”–but mentions no time of living, as if that were so short, it was not worth naming!

Time, when it has once gone, can never be recalled. “My life passes more swiftly than a runner. It flees away, filled with tragedy. It disappears like a swift boat, like an eagle that swoops down on its prey.” Job 9:25-26

“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes!” James 4:14

“Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life!” Psalm 39:4

“So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

by Thomas Watson

The Master Will Judge

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ… —2 Corinthians 5:10

Paul says that we must all, preachers and other people alike, “appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” But if you will learn here and now to live under the scrutiny of Christ’s pure light, your final judgment will bring you only delight in seeing the work God has done in you. Live constantly reminding yourself of the judgment seat of Christ, and walk in the knowledge of the holiness He has given you. Tolerating a wrong attitude toward another person causes you to follow the spirit of the devil, no matter how saintly you are. One carnal judgment of another person only serves the purposes of hell in you. Bring it immediately into the light and confess, “Oh, Lord, I have been guilty there.” If you don’t, your heart will become hardened through and through. One of the penalties of sin is our acceptance of it. It is not only God who punishes for sin, but sin establishes itself in the sinner and takes its toll. No struggling or praying will enable you to stop doing certain things, and the penalty of sin is that you gradually get used to it, until you finally come to the place where you no longer even realize that it is sin. No power, except the power that comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit, can change or prevent the inherent consequences of sin.

“If we walk in the light as He is in the light…” (1 John 1:7). For many of us, walking in the light means walking according to the standard we have set up for another person. The deadliest attitude of the Pharisees that we exhibit today is not hypocrisy but that which comes from unconsciously living a lie.

by Oswald Chambers