29 Nov 2012, by Lim Poh Ann-
We’re all familiar with the promise of longevity to those who are wise and faithful:
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honour (Proverbs 3:13, 16).
Honor your father and mother. This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honour your father and mother, things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth (Ephesians 6:2-3).
As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them (Ecclesiastes 9:11-12).
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you (Psalm 91:7).
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints (Psalm116:15).
Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put his foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. He had nothing to do with this world except the naked power of His divine manhood.
While still a young man, the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth while He was dying—and that was his coat. When he was dead, He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone and today He is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:14).
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me (Philippians 1:21-22).
Which is more important? Longevity or how we live out our lives.
Porridge For The Soul By Dr Lim Poh Ann
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