The Next Five Minutes

One of my favorite songs a few years ago was the song “Next 5 Minutes” by Steven Curtis Chapman.  The lyrics of the song truly speak to me about what we are promised, and now more than ever, because we never know what we are promised.  I have said over and over in my ministry that we need to make decisions for the Lord now and not let the moment pass because we may never have the opportunity again.

You never know when you will take your last breath, so why would you live as if you have forever?  The chorus of the song goes like this, “I’m living the next 5 minutes like these are my last 5 minutes, ‘Cause I know the next 5 minutes may be all I have.  And after the next 5 minutes turn into the last 5 minutes, I’m taking the next 5 minutes and starting all over again.”

I would encourage you to take the next five minutes and live it as if it were the last five minutes that you have.  When that five minutes is over, take the next five minutes and do the same thing.  If we all adopted this as our lifestyle, we may be surprised at the way the world around us looks and seems.  I would venture to say that we would see things differently.

Jim Greene was a great example of this to me, and I’m sure to many of you.  Dad viewed life in this way, and when his time came, I am sure he welcomed it with open arms.

One example of this that I can think of from history is the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.  There was a revival being held in Chicago during that time.  On Sunday, October 8, 1871 the revival started, and the minister holding the revival opened up the possibility of knowing the Lord.  He then asked everyone to take an opportunity to go home and make a decision and come back on Monday night ready to make a decision for the Lord.

That night, the fires began, and those folks never got the chance to make that decision…do not let that be you!  Choose this day if you will serve the Lord…but know this, I would encourage you to make a decision for Christ because you do not know what may come your way that could keep you from doing so.

Joshua 24:15 speaks to this the best, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Who will you serve today?

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