There is a wise saying which we don’t hear enough. It goes, “Only one life to live, ’twill soon be past, only what is done for Christ will last.” How true that is. We know the world does not appreciate that saying but Christians have cause to not only believe it but to live it. It deserves our attention here and now.
“One life to live” – a true and sobering thought, the profoundness of which, escapes most people. Outside Christianity people are void of the reason they have life which is plainly given in God’s Word. “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelations 4:11. Pleasing our Creator begins with accepting Jesus Christ as Savior.
“It will soon be past” – “…For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little while, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14. Young people, because they don’t think about it, act as if they will live forever. In later years the shortness of life dawns on them causing some to change their lifestyle hoping to extend their life. Christians on the other hand change their lives to meet with Christianity which certainly produces a better earthly life plus an eternal life in heaven.
“Only what is done for Christ will last” – Lost people can live a long life of “doing” but none of it will count except for loss on judgment day. Christians too will have discounted works at the judgment seat of Christ. (II Corinthians 5:10) Paul characterized our works as gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay and stubble. If our works are of the gold, silver and precious stones quality they will withstand Christ’s judgment. If they are of the wood, hay and stubble categories they will be incinerated. I Corinthians 3:12-15
Christians will receive a reward for each work that passes Christ’s fiery test. For every work that is consumed we will suffer a loss. That should sufficiently motivate us judge our work ourselves before Jesus does. There are two criteria for judging our works. (1) Motivation. Is what we are doing for Jesus Christ or for ourselves? (2) Acceptation. Is what we are doing acceptable and pleasing to Jesus Christ?
We may not be infallible judges of our own works but by consciously assessing our works we will live a better Christian life which will count for more when Jesus judges us. ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ‘TWILL SOON BE PAST, ONLY WHAT IS DONE FOR CHRIST WILL LAST.