Sunday, January 20, 2013

What's our expiration date?

 “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. John 5:24 (New Living Translation)

Hydrogen peroxide? I don't think so. 

Rubbing alcohol? I really don't think so.

This past week, I cleaned out the linen closet. I complain that my husband is a pack rat, but I guess I save a few things too. But I don’t want to be wasteful. So which of these items do you feel really need to be thrown out?

Chapstick? Does it expire or just dry out?
Contact solution? Yea, that probably expires.

Baby poweder? What is there to expire?
Some kind of tooth gel? Maybe. 

I think we can all agree that some things expire and some things don’t. And some things clearly need an expiration date and other things, in my opinion, don’t.  But what about us?  What is our “out-date”?

What was the whole hoopla about the end of the Mayan calendar? Didn’t it say the world would end on December 21, 2012? Apparently that was not our expiration date. Even Jesus did not know when the world as we know it would end and He would return in glory.

“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. Matthew 24:36 (New Living Translation)

Lord, let us live each day as it comes without worrying about tomorrow. Let us just be ready when You do return. Amen


Kathrese McKee said...

Yep. When they started to discuss the Mayan calendar deal, I told my kids, "Well, I guess we know which date is out of the running for end of the world. We should plan a party."

And, actually, the Mayan calendar didn't "run out," it reached the end of a long, long cycle, kind of like the Y2K stuff over a decade ago. Fact checking would have been a fine thing.

I agree. We need to be living every day as though it might be our last, with complete faith, integrity, and honor. Thanks for the post.

Chris Loehmer Kincaid said...

Thanks for the comment, Kathrese. It seems like somebody or other is always coming up with another date for the end of the world. The date doesn't matter, what matters is - as you say - living your life with faith, integrity and honor - until that day.