By A. Trevor Sutton
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24 ESV)
They call it Methuselah. It is one of the oldest trees in the world. This ancient tree is a Great Basin bristlecone pine growing somewhere in the mountains of eastern California. Scientists calculate that the tree is 4,850 years old.
Think about the people who have come and gone while this tree has remained standing. This tree has lived through and beyond the lifetimes of Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington. This tree has grown while Leonardo da Vinci and William Shakespeare have lived and died. This tree dates back even before the reigns of King David and King Solomon in ancient Israel.
Methuselah has seen individuals in many generations come and go. Yet, our Lord Jesus is not among of them. Jesus was alive before this tree sprouted, and Jesus will live forever, long after this tree is dead and gone. He himself has promised:
I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.
(John 11:25 ESV)
Being rooted in Christ means being rooted in eternity. You are alive in Christ now and forever. Death could not defeat our Savior, and because of his cross and empty tomb, death will not defeat you either. Through faith in him, you have life in him—eternal life. Consider the profound ways in which that truth changes your life in the here and now!
This world is driven by the clock. Wasting someone else’s time or having someone waste your time is a huge offense. That’s because people sense they are running out of time. Life today is go, go, go. All. The. Time.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Having the promise of eternity, you have time. In fact, you have all the time in the world . . . and beyond!
In Jesus, you can take time to pause and reflect on God’s abundant blessings. You can spend time in prayer. You can give someone else your time, listening and helping. You can be generous with the time you take with your spouse, children, and neighbors.
In Jesus, your time is not running out. Rooted in Christ, your time has only just begun!
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving me eternity. Teach me how to be generous with my time . . .
Editor’s note: This devotion is slightly adapted from one of devotion books for men, Man of God: Rooted in Christ.
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