When I started primary school, the years of employment seemed very far away. It was almost as if it would take a life time before I would ever get to that point. Well, that point, is now this point. Twenty years later, what I thought would never come has indeed come and even though it seemed like it would take forever then, it now seems like the time flashed before my eyes. How did I even get to this age so quickly? Isn’t this the same perspective we have about leaving this earth or the coming of Christ? These are the two occasions we think will not happen anytime in our life time. Lark, Jesus is no longer coming back guys, He has BEEN coming back forever now. Of course that was a joke.
There are a few deaths that shook me. These deaths were of people I just never thought would die. You do know those people, don’t you, who we just believe will always be there? The first was of the late Mannete Chaba. I had to pick my jaw from the floor when I learnt she was only forty three. The second was of my late grandfather who was in his early sixties. The third is of a woman of God named Florence Costa I knew who passed on unexpectedly this month at the age of forty six.
One thing that I picked up from these people in their time on earth that I want to share was they lived their lives with boldness and little care for people’s opinions of them. I believe this freed them to accomplish the things they accomplished. They lived by this verse, “For do I now seek the favour of men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (Gal 1v10)
For as long as we are still trying to live life based on the approval, opinions and fear of other people, we will never do much in life. Whenever I feel like I am scared to do something because I am afraid what will so and so do or say, I always ask myself , “But why isn’t so and so afraid of me?” I want to encourage you today, to focus on pleasing God by accomplishing your divine purpose on earth. Seek to please Him, not man and remember that we do not have forever on earth. One day, though it may seem so far away, your time on earth will end. Whether you leave by death or a chariot of fire or you disappear like Enoch or Jesus comes back, I do not know but the day will come. So make every day count for God’s glory.