We began a new year this week. It is a traditional time of reflection and resolution. The passage of time is more obvious to us when we reach another year, another birthday, and such. We do not know what this New Year will bring. It is certain that we live in tumultuous times and this can cause us worry about the shape of the world or our country. It’s been the same for most generations.

Nevertheless, the New Year is a good time to consider what the passage of time means for our souls. The ancient Egyptians represented time with and emblem of wings to represent how it flew by. We should affirm to ourselves the day of our accountability to God is near. The Bible stresses the shortness of our lives so that we might be persuaded to seek the Lord while we may.

Comparing temporal things with eternal things is necessary for us. Jesus said; “What good does it do for a man to gain the whole world and yet lose his soul or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Suppose men do pretty well in their earthly employments and accumulate a lot. These are things to be thankful for, but many have done this and yet God has rendered his justice upon their soul. The judgment was unexpected because of the preoccupation with temporal things.

The inevitability of death is something none of us would deny, yet we must be of a certain mind that not only will we die but we will face the Lord. The Lord Jesus Christ claimed the right to judge all men, and he will exercise that right upon all men. What is the hope of the hypocrite for all his self-satisfaction when he is exposed by the Lord who says he knows what is in a man?

Moses is given as an example to us because he “counted the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasure of Egypt.” I have read of a French nobleman that was condemned to die with some other Christians, but because of the dignity of his birth he was not bound with shackles and chains as the others. He called to his executioners to “give me my chain and rope too, and make me a knight of this excellent order.”

Eternity depends upon our making use of our time, our life, and those seasons of opportunities of grace we still enjoy. I have come to realize more and more how set the number of sermons is I have to give. I don’t know what the the number is, but the Lord does, and ministers will give a stricter account for how they handled the Lord’s word. There are also a limited number of times you will hear or read God’s word in this world.

Thomas Brooks once wrote: “You have a little more time believe, to repent, to secure your interest in Christ, to have a changed nature, a sanctified frame of heart, a pardon in the bosom; mercies that are worth ten thousand worlds.” The apostle Peter speaks to Christians of using the time to grow in their love to Christ, and to make their calling and election sure.  We should seek the new name and white stone Christ has promised to those who served him by faith in this world.

We still have time to make sure of a city with foundations that are of God, a kingdom that will never be shaken, an inheritance that will never fade or know corruption. We have time to make sure of the crown of life, the crown of immortality; mercies beyond all expression. We must be careful of saying “Tomorrow, tomorrow”, when it comes to making sure of Christ.

This is the year, the day to serve the Lord. Whatever other resolutions you have for this year, be sure to be intentional about knowing more of the Scriptures and to know them well, to pray from the heart while at work or walking down the road, to become so acquainted with Christ that upon your death it may be said of you what was once said of Enoch when the Lord took him: Enoch changed his place but not his company.

Eternity depends upon this moment of time. If it isn’t done this year it may well never be done. Many poor sinners have lost their seasons of opportunities and souls before us. Let us make use of the grace the Lord offers to us this year.