What Time Is It?

A few years ago, there was a commercial which asked, ‘It’s 10 o’clock; do you know where your children are?’ This commercial has always seemed to stick in my mind. I could not tell you what was being advertised or spoken of in the commercial, but I can tell you that it has a real application in the lives of men today. For many today the time in their lives is 10 o’clock, and soon their souls will be required. Perhaps we are nearing 10 o’clock ourselves. Do we know where we are?

The lifespan of a person is around 74 years. I am sure that this fluctuates somewhat depending upon location or vocation, but this is the average age. Moses wrote about the brevity of life, ‘For it is soon cut off, and we fly away’ (Psalm 90:10). The point is this: Man at best will not be here long, and truthfully is not guaranteed a moment. The clock may stop at any time. I can name numerous friends who have passed from this life before they really had a chance to begin to live. Many of those, unfortunately, had not made preparation for the life after this one and will be lost, and so will we if we lay not up treasures in heaven.

Perhaps we think that we will live long enough to make things right. That is a great risk. The time to be saved is now for each one of us. Someone has made a mathematical parallel of the lifespan with a 24 hour day. It is as follows; see what time it is in your life.

  • If you are 15 years old…………………. it’s 8:51 a.m.
  • If you are 20 years old…………………. it’s 11:08 a.m.
  • If you are 25 years old…………………. it’s 12:25 p.m.
  • If you are 30 years old………………….. it’s 1:25 p.m.
  • If you are 35 years old………………….. it’s 2:59 p.m.
  • If you are 40 years old………………….. it’s 4:16 p.m.
  • If you are 45 years old…………………. it’s 5:43 p.m.
  • If you are 50 years old………………….. it’s 6:50 p.m.
  • If you are 55 years old………………….. it’s 8:08 p.m.
  • If you are 60 years old………………….. it’s 10:00 p.m.
  • If you are 70, you are getting near…….. MIDNIGHT

While we are not all 60-years-old, I will repeat the earlier question. ‘It’s 10 o’clock; do you know where you are?’ How many people have wondered where the time went? James 4:14 shows the brevity of life in certain terms, ‘Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is a vapour, that appeareth for little time, and then vanisheth away.’ It is always my hope that you will make the most of today and look to God for salvation.

-Daniel F. Cates, Philadelphia, Mississippi

House to House/Heart to Heart – Volume #11

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