A few months ago the Lord was really emphasizing the brevity of life and how important it is for us stay focused on fulfilling our purpose. It’s amazing to meditate on the fact that He created each of us with a specific purpose in mind and how we bring Him glory by fulfilling that purpose and calling for which we were made. He was also emphasizing that the right way to die is to know, as Paul, that we fought the good fight, stayed the course, and completed our assignments, so that when we stand before Him face to face, we can do so without shame.
At first, we thought He was just emphasizing this to us as an admonishment to stay focused and get back on track. But as we shared it, we learned it was confirmation of what others were hearing as well. The confirmations continued to come from various sources until we realized this was a message He was broadcasting by His Spirit to many others who were listening. We could easily understand if the Lord was emphasizing this message to an individual, but we were quite fascinated that He was emphasizing this message as a corporate word to His body.
It is a timeless truth that the number of our years (individually) on earth is relatively short and fleeting compared to eternity, but we wondered ~ is the Lord now giving this word corporately to the church as yet another indication and confirmation that collectively as a body our remaining time here is brief?
“Lord, make me to know my end and [to appreciate] the measure of my days—what it is; let me know and realize how frail I am [how transient is my stay here].” Psalm 39:4
“I am here on earth for just a little while; do not hide your commands from me.” Psalm 119:19
“…you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” James 4:14
The Lord brought this theme back to mind today when we saw that CBN was also speaking about the brevity of life and that they aired more segments with interviews or testimonies from those who have experienced a taste of eternity – on one side or the other.
Bill Wiese’s testimony should impact us all, even if we’re saved, since corporately, as the church, the primary purpose God is calling us to stay focused on and to fulfill in whatever fleeting time remains is to bring in the final harvest, fulfill the great commission, and spare as many people as possible from the fate he witnessed. May we all do our part!
Blessings and Prayers!