And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,
And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.
Time is so important to us. I know it sounds so cliché, but I honestly can’t believe it is already October. This year has flown by unusually fast. I hope the first nine months of 2015 have been productive ones. We tend to think about time in the short term; what do I need to do today, or this month or even this year? We hope to make the most of our time, but what about when time will be no more? Isn’t it important for Christians to think about the promise of a morning that is eternal, bright and fair?
I want to designate these few lines to reminding you of a glorious eternity that waits for us. Oh, I don’t know when that morning will break, but I do know that it will. It will be wonderful. Not only will we experience no more sorrow, hurt or tears, but we will also experience no more clocks, calendars, or time restraints.
Revelation 21: 22-27 tells us of the wonder of eternity, “And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.”
I long for that reality, but I also know there is much work to be done here and now. Although we long for the time when time will be no more, God has called us to minister and live in an age were time is a reality. Part of my role as a pastor is officiating funerals. As I speak with those families grieving their loved ones, I often think that if God allowed us to see the eternity that lies before us in all its glory, we would have no motivation to continue in this life. He has wisely and intentionally left some mystery in our future reality to prevent us from missing the blessing and work of this present life. Let’s commit anew to making the most of our time while it is day. Let’s serve the Lord with gladness and joy all the days of our lives.