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Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. Matthew 25:14

Read Matthew 25:1-15

You have probably heard the meaning of the slogan written as the heading of this meditation; it means: Seize the day and make the most of it! This saying is the motto of many people today, especially young people, for you are only young once. Get out of life what you can! Enjoy yourself! Don’t be so finicky and particular trying to determine what entertainment and pleasures are lawful. A person has lots of time to take things a little more seriously later in life.

Still, it is of utmost importance that we seek to live in a responsible way now. The Lord Jesus teaches this in the parable of the talents. Some of you may be anticipating a vacation and are therefore not too interested in this subject. But, might this leisure time be a good time to come to grips with this? In this parable the Lord teaches us that it is important how we live, both while resting as well as when we work. The Lord Jesus is referred to as the lord who took a journey to a far country. We are the servants mentioned in the parable. We are called to live to the Lord’s honour, in His service, during the time before His return from heaven.

Thought: Why could the term, seize the day be dangerous?

Psalter 246: 1,3 (based on Psalm 90) O teach Thou us to count our days And set our hearts on wisdom’s ways; Turn, Lord, to us in our distress, In pity now Thy servants bless; Let mercy’s dawn dispel our night, And all our day with joy be bright, And all our day with joy be bright. So let there be on us bestowed The beauty of the Lord our God; The work accomplished by our hand Establish Thou and make it stand; Yea, let our hopeful labor be Established evermore by Thee, Established evermore by Thee.


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