The average life expectancy of someone living in the United States is 82.1 years. Did you know that lines up with Scripture? Life expectancy was 70 years, 80 if things went well back in King David’s times. Not much has changed in over 4,000 years. All the technology we have developed and people still live the same time. King David challenges you to live for something greater than yourself.
“As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.”
Don’t Waste It
What are you going to do with the 70 years appointed to you? Are you going to spend most of it trying to extend it to 80 years, or will you waste it away with purposeless living? David almost sounds like his son Solomon when he says, “Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, For soon it is gone.” People will work their whole life, and it will amount to nothing. David is challenging us to live for something greater than ourselves.
What will you do with that time if you have 70 years on this planet? Will you invest in the stock market and build earthly wealth, or will you make eternal investments that will be rewarded when you stand before Jesus? What does eternal investment look like? First, the personal aspect includes worship, prayer, and obedience. There is also the servant aspect where you deny yourself and serve Jesus by serving others. All of these are deposits in your eternal account.
Greater Than Yourself
Before you know it, your life will be over. It’s a matter of fact. Everyone dies and departs to another realm. If you have surrendered your life to Jesus, you will fly away to heaven and hear those coveted words “Well done good and faithful servant.” To those who rejected Jesus, they will spend eternity in hell. Live for something greater than yourself.