© 2010 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
“Live to Be 150…Can You Do It?” That was the title of a Barbara Walters special two years ago. She reported that more than 84,000 Americans are at least 100 years old. Life expectancy in our country has grown from 49 years at the turn of the 20th century to 78 years now. Unique diets and developing drugs could add several more years to our lifespan.
Walters has herself reached age 80 and hopes to live much longer after having her aortic valve replaced last month. Wikipedia.org reports that the oldest person alive today is 114 and that 122 is the oldest reasonably documented age ever reached. However, the Bible reports that a number of people lived past 900 in earth’s early history; Methuselah made it to 969 (Genesis 5:27)!
Suppose you live to 80, 100, 120, 150 or 969—then what? The Bible says, “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him” (Hebrews 9:27-28).
We will die. Then we will be challenged to answer for the way we spent all the years given us. Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead so that we may choose to live in joyful service to God.
Jesus is coming again, and He will bring eternal salvation to everyone whose life is spent in eager anticipation of His arrival. Length of days, level of income, and lighthearted affairs will all prove meaningless if we die unprepared to meet the Lord.
Could we help you to get ready and stay read for His return?