Your Life Clock

by Greg West

Have you ever seen the bumper sticker slogan “He who dies with the most toys wins”? I once saw another bumper sticker that said something a little closer to the truth: “He who dies with the most toys is still dead.” A while back I was listening to a minister on the radio who was telling a story about a man telling a friend about the death of an extremely wealthy man… “Oh,” said the friend, “How much did he leave?”

The man replied, “All of it!”

Just think how much different life would be if, like in the Nickelback video, we could look around us and see everyone’s life clock above their heads counting down the moments of their life. It’s been the theme of many movies and TV shows, like something you would see on The Twilight Zone.

Imagine if when you looked in the mirror every morning you could see your own life clock above your head counting down the moments of your life. Would you live any differently? Would you work harder so that you could buy more toys? Maybe you would play or party as hard as you could because this life is all there is.

Or would you begin to think about what might be in store for you after your life clock hits 00:00:00? The Bible says that man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. (Hebrews 9:27).

How much faith do you have that God does not exist? Do you believe that humans are just very smart animals that happened by chance, and that Earth is just an ordinary insignificant planet, or just a “insignificant pale blue dot” like Carl Sagan once said? Can you really know for sure? I do, and I believe that you can too.

The truth is not, like they say on the X-Files, “out there”. The truth is in the Bible. You might be balking at that statement right now, thinking that the Bible is just a myth. It’s just a book of rules made up by a bunch of religious nuts to control people. But do you know that for sure? Have you read it?

There are two choices you can make: 1) Continue believing what that what you believe is true, or what other people tell you is true. 2) Investigate the evidence for yourself and make your own decision.

Many times as Christians we are accused of trying to force our beliefs on people and some well-meaning Christians might be guilty of that, but Jesus has commanded us to share the good news of salvation with others, but he loves you enough to let you decide whether to follow him or reject him. Free will is a gift that God gives to everyone. We have to make our own decision to receive God’s free gift of salvation or to reject it and die in our sins and stand before the Judgment seat of Christ.

Someone once said that there are only two sure things in life: death and taxes. You might be able to cheat your way out of paying taxes your whole life, but you can never cheat death. The death ratio is still 1/1.

In the next 24 hours worldwide, approximately 150,000 people will breathe their last breath here on this earth. Out of those 150,000, how many do you think are aware that their life clock is counting down their last day?

Every night in my neighborhood I hear the sirens of emergency vehicles going by. Several times a night, actually. A siren always means that someone is in trouble- maybe dying. Perhaps they are one of the 150,000 who will die today. Maybe you are one of the 150,000.

I’m not attempting to “scare” anyone into becoming a Christian, but the subject of the brevity of life is mentioned in the Bible over and over again, several times in some books, and also by Jesus himself. Our mortality is obviously something he wants us to seriously consider. Will you?