This is a good time to think about your soul. When? Right now. Many people would that statement probably has something to do with the holiday season in which we are in the midst.After all, a few weeks ago we celebrated the Thanksgiving Day holiday. That certainly sounds as though it has spiritual overtones, and for many people it does. They focus on all of the blessings with which God has blessed them and they make a special effort to give Him thanks. That's a good thing.
A couple of days ago many people celebrated the physical birthday of Jesus, even though He almost certainly was not born on that day- the Bible does not say when He was born nor does it instruct us to celebrate His birthday in some special way. In just a few more days we will celebrate New Years Day, a day that marks new beginnings. All kinds of spiritual applications can be made on that concept.
Without question, this is a time of year that seems to spur many people to think more about the spiritual side of their lives. Personally, I'm thankful when anything motivates a person to focus on his spiritual life, for by doing that he may become receptive to the teachings of God's word. As he learns those teachings, he can apply them to his life and find forgiveness of his sins and eternal salvation through Jesus Christ. His life can literally change for the better.
This is a good time to think about your soul. But I'm not necessarily referring to the holiday season. My reference is to the immediate moment. Right now is a good time to think about your soul. Paul put it succinctly when he wrote, "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2). Right now is a good time to think about your soul.It doesn't matter what day or what month it is. Right now is a good time to think about your soul.
Speaking realistically, right now is the only time of which you are assured. Yesterday, an hour ago, even a minute past is already gone, unable to be called back. Tomorrow, an hour from now, even the next minute is still somewhere in the future, and the future is uncertain. That time may come, but it may not. If it does, you don't know what it might hold. But right now is here. You have right now before you. You can do something with it. But before you know it, it will be gone along with all of the opportunities that it holds.
You live your life expecting to see another right now, and then another and then another, one after another in an endless succession. But somewhere along the line your right now's will run out. No more of them will come your way. You will have no more opportunity to think about your soul in such a way as to be able to change things. How many more right now's do you have? Don't know? Could be a million. Or, it could be just a few. Facing that reality should hasten you to conclude that right now is a good time to think about your soul. In fact, right now is not only a good time, it is the the right time to think about your soul...
Gary L. Hutchens