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I attended a funeral today. The service was a celebration, a memorial for the mother of a dear friend. While it was sad to say goodbye, there was no question of how this woman lived and to whom she had entrusted her life. She was a firm believer and she is now in the arms of Jesus. What a great comfort to know with certainty where you will spend eternity.

One of the speakers made the statement, “We all only have one hour to live. What are you going to do with your one hour?” She, of course, didn’t mean that literally; she was making a point that in the scope of eternity, life on earth is short. The minutes are slipping away like the sand in an hourglass. You should live every minute as though it were the most important minute of your life, because you have no time to waste.

Death is a stark reminder that life is indeed very, very short.

John 5:24 (ESV)

24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

The most encouraging thing about this verse is that it is not referring to the future but the present. Jesus said that whoever believes, has (present tense) eternal life. They possess it, they hold it in their hand, it is theirs and it cannot be taken away. He followed it up by saying such a person has passed from death to life. Again it is present tense, not future.

If you accept the forgiveness of Christ and believe in his word, then you posses eternal life here and now. Physical death has no power over you. What a tremendous freedom this brings to your soul!! It allows you to live with peace and happiness instead of fear of judgment!

I have a large mug full of my current favorite hot coffee. Make the most of every minute of this day!

All verse quotes courtesy of biblegateway.com