By Pastor Scott Godinez
I’m a big fan of country music. If you ever find me outside working in my garage you can be certain you’ll hear some combination of Christian Worship music and George Strait! One song that I remember hearing several years ago is called “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw. It’s this great song about living life to the fullest because our days are essentially numbered.
When I consider James’ teaching regarding the “Last Days” it certainly is a sobering reminder that our time is limited. Whether that is because we are nearing the end of our life or because Jesus is only moments away from his triumphant return, the larger question remains: what does it mean to live like you were dying? What does it mean to live in the last days?
James makes it painfully clear that the wrong way to live in the last days is to hoard all of your resources like some kind of insurance plan (James 5:1-3).
Tim McGraw’s song seems to advocate for living in such a way that invests in the most important things, of course with some added lyrical flair thrown in as well.
So what are the “most important things” in your life? Jesus tells us that what we elevate as treasure in our lives is ultimately what guides our decision-making (Matthew 6:21).
Would Jesus look to your history decisions and determine your greatest treasure is building the kingdom of God?
If we are to agree (and we ought to) that we are in the last days, it would appear even Tim McGraw would support living for first things first!
So how do we resist the temptation to get caught up in the short-term worries of the day?
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33
We must elevate God’s kingdom and his righteousness to become our greatest treasure, only then will our lives begin to reflect our heavenly calling.
We experience this by educating ourselves through bible study, to discern the priorities of God. What is God most concerned with? How does he spend his resources?
We align ourselves with the righteousness of God by increasing the amount of Jesus’ control in our lives. Is there anything God does not have authority over in your life? If yes, then give him control! Invite his determining voice to overrule every other influence and follow him.
In all these things we are called to say “yes” to God. Today, I challenge you, give your “yes” to God and see it through to the end. Only heaven knows what joyous wonders you will encounter!