Well, the sun came up again today- ho hum. Got out of bed and got dressed as usual- ho hum. Ate breakfast, same breakfast I always eat- ho hum. Went to the same job I’ve been going to for the last many years- ho hum. Saw the same people I see everyday- ho hum. Came home at the same time I always come home- ho hum. Had the same meal we always have on this day of the week, every week- ho hum. Caught the same news report, and heard pretty much the same news, I catch everyday- ho hum. Watched the same television programs I always do after dinner- ho hum. Went to bed at the same time I do every evening- ho hum. Tomorrow I’ll get up and do it all again- ho hum…
Sounds like a rich, exciting life, doesn’t it ? Not! But, while the details were somewhat exaggerated, the above paragraph pretty aptly describes the lifestyle of a whole lot of folks. They go through life, day after day, on a pretty routine basis. They do the same things over and over again without much thought. They move through life hardly looking up to observe what’s going on around them. One day some reality hits them square in the face, and they wonder how that happened, when it happened, why it happened. The truth is, it was happening right along, right in front of their eyes. They just didn’t see it.
There was a day sometime back that was anything but ho hum. On that day the Son of God, the Lord and Savior of mankind was born into this world (Lk. 2:1-11). He came to call the lost to salvation (Lk. 19:10; Matt. 11:28-30).
There was another day that was certainly not ho hum. On that day the Savior went to the cross to die (Lk. 23:26-43). In dying on that cross He served as the perfect sacrifice to pay the price for the guilt of our sins (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 2:9; 9:28), to redeem us from the condemnation of sin (1 Pet. 1:18-19).
Then another day dawned, an incredible day, clearly not a ho hum day. The Savior arose from the grave (Lk. 24:1-12)! His resurrection established truthfulness and authority behind everything He taught and claimed during His ministry on this earth (1 Cor. 15:1-8).
Another day is coming. It won’t be ho hum either. On that day this world will be burned up, everything in it will melt with fervent heat (2 Pet. 3:10-12). The Lord will come again to judge mankind, to hold us accountable for how we live our lives (Acts 17:30-31; 2 Thess. 7-9; 2 Cor. 5:10). He will divide the sheep from the goats (Matt. 25:31-32).
A life that is primarily focused on this world is a hopeless existence (1 Cor. 15:17-19; 1 Jn. 2:15-17). A life that is not lived in anticipation of eternal salvation is without meaningful direction, without ultimate purpose. There’s no reason to live a ho hum life. We were created in the image of God, with a spiritual essence (Gen. 1:26-27). Therefore our lives have inherent worth. We need to look up and see our God and walk with Him daily, every step of the way…
Gary L. Hutchens