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Counting the days . . .

1 John 3    2 Chronicles 36    Psalm 90

“He reigned three months and ten days…” (2 Chronicles 36:9). And what is striking about that brief reign is that Jehoiachin spent that time doing “what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” One hundred days . . . seventy years . . . perhaps eighty . . . no matter the final tally, the days of our lives are brief. This is the observation of  the psalm writer (Psalm 90), who concludes that there is wisdom to be gained in the counting of our days (v.12). It is a point worth our best consideration . . . What, for instance, might you do if you knew you had 100 days to make your mark? And what will the story of our days reveal about us? Well.

“The children of God and the children of the devil are revealed in this way:” (1 John 3:10) In whether we spend our days doing what is right in God’s sight, or not. And, most specifically, whether we love one another. Or not. This is “the message you have heard from the beginning” (v.11): the children of God are known in the primary familial characteristic of love. Fully understood, the good news message is that believing in Jesus makes us children of God (see the Gospel according to John 3:16,17) and loving one another gives evidence that this is, indeed, what we are (1 John 1,17,23,24). And here the psalmist would remind us that the days we have for living as God’s children this side of the grave “are soon gone” (Psalm 90:10). So . . .

“Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action” (1 John 3:18). For the children of God, the wisdom in being taught to “count our days” lies in giving our hearts and hands and goods to making our days count for God (v.17). “In this is love . . .” that we “lay down our lives for one another” (1 John 3:16). And this, beloved children of God, is a day by day endeavor. May God teach us to count our days. And may we, in wisdom and active love, give our all to making our days count. Amen.

“We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us — and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.”
— 1 John 3:16

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