How should each of us make the most of our lives? We all come from different backgrounds, different opportunities, and have different limitations. The Bible advises one thing everyone should do to make their life count.
Back in 2012, YOLO, became popular Internet slang for youth, an acronym meaning: “You only live once.” It’s similar to the well-known Latin phrase: “carpe diem,” which stands for “seize the day.” The idea is to make the most of our time, whether it is a single day or a lifetime.
As far as life on earth, according to the Bible, we do indeed only live in this physical incarnation once.
Based on the above thoughts, people choose to live their lives in a variety of ways, hoping to make the most of the limited life spans human beings possess.
Some people embrace the philosophy seen on bumper stickers of “the one with the most toys wins.” These people try to get everything they can in life, mainly in a materialistic viewpoint. This isn’t surprising, as our modern worldview is very materialistic. We focus on the material evidence of science as “truth” and live in society is driven by consumerism.
Other people view life differently. For some people, regardless of their religion, they dedicate their lives to one of service. They work in professions, or for free, that are focused on serving and helping others.
Still, other people live an apathetic lifestyle. They don’t care very much one way or the other about things and tend to go “where the day takes them.”
According to the Bible, YOLO is a fact. “You Only Live Once” on Earth. No matter where we come from, what we have or don’t have – all of our lives have a purpose. The Bible says we are eternal beings. That death here on Earth is not a “final” death.
After this life, we go to final judgment that determines how and where we will live for all eternity. This earthly life appears to be where we prepare ourselves for that eternal life. Life seems to be a preparation, a training ground, a test, and a contest for salvation.
That said…What is the best thing we can do with our time to make the most of our lives?
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
– Matthew 6:19-21
Our purpose in life is not what we can gain here on earth, but becoming righteous, so that we should be worthy to receive God’s grace and salvation.
The apostle Paul wrote:
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.”
– 1 Corinthians 9:24
The earthly wealth we gain means nothing. As the old adage goes: “You can’t take it with you.”
“No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
– Matthew 6:24
Our goal in life is to work for our salvation. To work toward God’s grace and forgiveness of our sins. It is the only thing that matters in life. If we fail at this, we have lost it all. We go on to eternal death.
The Bible tells us that we should care for our families, serve others, and love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
Jesus said our vital needs in this life will be met. Even more importantly, Jesus instructed…
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
– Matthew 6:33