“你务要至死忠心,我就赐给你那生命的冠冕。”启示录 2:10

Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 2:10

圣经中多次提到生命的短暂和准备永生的必要性。我们需要警醒,死亡很快来临,圣经中多次警告我们要准备面对神的审判。每个人都要死,再有钱也改变不了。穷人也不能乞求多活一天,因为从摇篮到坟墓已经是定数。圣经说,“其实明天如何,你们还不知道。你们的生命是什么呢?你们原来是一片云雾,出现少时就不见了。”(雅4:14) 

愤世嫉俗的、安于现状的,有时候也会深深思考生命和永生。我相信如果多思考一下死亡、永生和审判,更多的人会选择圣洁的生活,更多的人会认识神。可惜很多基督徒都不再思考死亡,忘记了神的儿女也要站在主面前交代自己的一生。约伯说,他的日子快过梭子。我在北卡曾经参观过纺织厂,看到巨大的梭子在棉布上飞来飞去。他们的速度接近闪电,肉眼几乎看不到。圣经说,这就是永生的伟大和漫长的意义。你即便活到七老八十,在神眼里不过弹指一挥。把你的手放在心前感受心跳:快快快!我们时日无多。让我们为神而活。

The Bible has much to say about the brevity of life and the necessity of preparing for eternity. We need a new awareness of the fact that death is rapidly approaching for all of us, and that the Bible has many warnings for us to prepare to meet God. The rich with all their wealth cannot buy a reprieve from the death sentence that hangs over every man. The poor cannot beg one extra day of life from the “grim reaper” who pursues every man from the cradle to the grave.The Scripture says, “What is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14).

Even the cynical and secular at times think deeply about life and eternity. I am convinced that if people gave more thought to death, eternity, and judgment, there would be more holy living and a greater consciousness of God.Too many Christians try to put off the thought of death and of the fact that all children of God will one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of how they spent their time here on earth.Job says that his days are “swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.” In North Carolina I have visited the textile mills and have watched the giant looms which turn out cloth for the nation. The shuttles move with the speed of lightning, scarcely visible to the naked eye. The Bible says this is the chronology of eternity. Though you live to be seventy, eighty, or ninety years old, that is but a snap of the finger compared to eternity. Put your hand on your heart and feel it beat. It is saying, “Quick! Quick! Quick!” We have only a few brief years at the most. Let’s live them for the Lord.