2 Cor.11:26-28 – I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers….
Recently, the founder and leader of Daystar Television Network, Marcus Lamb, passed over into his heavenly reward. Another stark reminder of how short and precious life is and what is truly valuable in this life. Like Marcus, all of us live on the edge of eternity. Over the last two years we have all been faced with decisions related to Covid and actually this unpleasant climate has taken the covers off of what all of us deem as important. For a season many replaced gathering with their church family with watching live stream church. That obviously gets old quick. Some have returned to their pre-pandemic spiritual activities but many have decided to “ere on the side of safety” and just not go back to church. Yes, another international pandemic hit, a pandemic of spiritual apathy, no need for church, we can just stay home to “protect those we love”. If we think for a moment – life has always been filled with risks. Every day we step out of the door into a dangerous world, we have just decided we are going to live anyway. Here is how C. S. Lewis describes this.
“The present calamity (WWII) creates no absolutely new situation: it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it. Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice. Human culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself. If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure, the search would never have begun. We are mistaken when we compare war with “normal life”. Life has never been normal. Even those periods which we think most tranquil….turn out, on closer inspection, to be full of crises, alarms, difficulties, emergencies. Plausible reasons have never been lacking for putting off all merely cultural activities until some imminent danger has been averted or some crying injustice put right. But humanity long ago chose to neglect those plausible reasons. They wanted knowledge and beauty now, and would not wait for the suitable moment that never comes. ”
The decision boils down to this, which world do we value? Is our life only about these few precious short years here or are we fixed on the one that is coming? Life is risky, just ask Paul about that. The choices and risks that we take hold eternal consequences.