Ever wondered where the saying ‘it is not how long you live but how well you live’ came from? I suspect I found it tucked beneath the words of the not so exciting genealogy of Adam, also known as the first man who lived. You know that portion of scripture that most of us skip or gloss through quickly.
Well Adam’s genealogy reads something like this, Person A was born, had children and died at age 900+. Yes! you read right, back in the days, life went on way past three scores and ten. The text moves quickly to the next person, repeating the same pattern. Everyone seemed to live 800+ years fulfilling just one part of man’s mandate – fruitful and multiply. You could almost plot a graph with that predictable pattern.
And then, someone different came into the scene, he broke the pattern and did more with his life. In today’s literature, we will call him something fancy like Game Changer, Disrupter, Change agent or a Breath of Fresh Air. His life was so noteworthy, it seemed the writer paused to give him a standing ovation, ‘Enoch walked with God’. With that simple phrase packed with so much meaning to the discerning eyes, Enoch entered the scene. In layman’s term, I will attempt to describe it as Enoch allowed God to do mighty things through him. He was so in touch with God’s mind that he was constantly doing the will of God. From the story, God had so much fun hanging out with Enoch that one day, the streets of clay became streets of gold in the first-time travel event recorded in human history.
Enoch lived 500+ years less than his ancestors before him but his life was so remarkable that he went on a stroll with God one day and never came back. God gave him an express pass to eternity, it didn’t matter how long he lived, he lived well, and got the price instantly, while others have to wait till the judgment.
This week, I am reminded of the greatest man that ever lived; in just thirty-three short years, He was born, made several bold moves that changed the face of human history and then He died, still giving of himself. Jesus Christ remains the most talked about personality today, He lived well and gave us the best gift of all, Salvation. He is the reason why we wake up each day filled with hope for a better and brighter tomorrow. Just like Enoch, He is also in Heaven, seated in glory at the Father’s right hand.
It looks to me like those who live well get a place in the King’s palace. Fast forward to present day, while our prayers for length of days are great professions of our heart desires, purposeful days long or short are a closer reflection of God’s mind. Because it really doesn’t matter how long you live but how well you live in the time that you live.
So, my prayer for you and I this season is that our lives count for more than mere statistics.
Here is wishing you all the best that Life has to offer.
Happy Easter Celebration to you and your family!
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