“Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days of our lives.” I can’t say just why but I can recall when visiting my grandmother as a child hearing these words from a popular American soap. These were the opening words from her favorite soap opera.
In reflecting back to those times spent with my grandmother I find myself giving thought to the days of our life.
Each and every one of us would be able to testify to the fact that we are more than busy, in fact I would say that to a very large extent each of us have more than enough to keep us busy. Jobs that stress us out, and families that if we are honest push us sometimes beyond our limits.
In these “Days of our Life” we come into contact with many different people from diverse backgrounds and truly from all walks of life. But for those who would profess that they are a child of the king, a follower of Christ, well in these “Days of our Life,’ in this walk of our Christian journey, we come face to face with the “Weak and the Strong.”
Romans 14 shares with us the following: 1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2 One man’s faith allows him to eat everything but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant?
Paul’s writing to the church in Rome in the book of Romans begins by addressing the very core of what was plaguing the church. Purely and simply it was the growing problem of judging. If I were to use a 21st century new school tag it would be called “Selective Amnesia.” What had emerged here in the Church of Rome was the misguided notion that it was the works we do that stood as the measuring stick.
Each and every one of us are at different levels as it relates to our faith. Some are able to deal with meat; and as it stands in these scriptures the meat is simply the weightier things of life. To whom much is given much is required. Thus the greater challenges of this walk of faith await those whom God has prepared for those tasks ahead.
For those who are in the matters of their faith vegetarians shall we say, their faith at first glance might be considered weaker. But God does not compare nor condemn the quantity of our faith. He evaluates and critiques our faith by the quality of who we are, and whose we are as we share the news of His gospel. If God does not look down on those we would consider weak, then who are we to do so?
If we are honest with ourselves and acknowledge the essence of who we are, surely we would admit that as they are, I too once was. It’s not because of anything that I have done, not because of who I claim to be, but simply because of His grace and mercy alone that I’m not what I used to be. Therefore I can’t condemn my brother whose life is perhaps consumed by casinos if I’m devoted to the gamble of not living healthy and not doing what the doctor has told me. I can’t knock my brother broken by the temptations of addiction if I’m consumed by the temptation of how I can cheat on my taxes. And I can’t say I’m living holy on Sunday, if I’m doing wrong Monday thru Saturday.
For in the end Romans 7 states For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. For as the scriptures reflect we all have fallen short of the glory of God. In the end as surely as every knee will bow and every tongue to God will confess, we all must give an account of what we did, according to the measure of faith that each and every one of us have been given.
I am reminded of the fact that on each of our appointed day God won’t be impressed by the degrees that stand beside our names; He’ll ask to what degree did you share Christ with someone else. He won’t be concerned about the money or material things we accumulated; but He will ask did we sacrifice our integrity to acquire them.
He won’t ask about our day of worship. He’ll ask how your worship was reflected in your life. And finally He won’t be impressed with who we say we were, but He’ll ask who we said that He was.
Each and every one of our days has an accounting for it and a purpose to it. May each of us pledge to be the disciples that God calls us to be in these The Days of Our Lives.
To God Be the Glory
Alan T. Black