This is a good time to think about your soul! When? Right now! Many people may think that this admonition probably has something to do with the holiday season. After all, we celebrated Thanksgiving Day just a few weeks ago. That certainly sounds like it has spiritual overtones. In a few days, many people will be celebrating the physical birthday of Jesus, even though He was not born on that day, neither does the Bible say when He was born, nor does it give any instruction as to having a special day of celebration on that day, whenever it was. Then, just a week later we will celebrate New Years Day, a day that marks new beginnings. All kinds of spiritual applications can be made in connection with that concept.
Without question this is a time of the year that seems to spur many people to think more about the spiritual side of their lives. We can be thankful when anything motivates a person to focus on his spiritual life. Once a person begins to focus on spiritual matters, then the opportunity for real, meaningful teaching opens up. As a person learns the teachings of God's word he can apply them to his life. As that happens a person can find forgiveness of his sins, salvation in Jesus Christ, and the promise of an eternal home with God in Heaven. He can literally change his life!
This is a good time to think about your soul. But, I do not necessarily refer 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 Corinthians 6:2). Right now, this very moment, is a good time to think about your soul. It doesn't matter what month or what day of the month it is. It doesn't matter what time of the day it is. Right now is a good time to think about your soul!
The reality is that right now is the only time of which you are assured. Yesterday, an hour ago, even a minute past is already gone, gone forever, 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 comes you do not know what it might hold. But, right now is here. You have this moment, right now in your possession. 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 another right now, and then another and then another, one after another in an endless succession. But somewhere along the line your right now moments will come to an end. There will be no more of them. Then, 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 moments do you have? Don't know? Could be a million. Or it could be just a few. Facing that reality should hasten your conclusion that right now is a good time to think about your soul. In fact, right now is the right time to think about your soul...
Gary L. Hutchens