Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrew 12:2
I read an interesting statistic a while back about the age of men and women in the Old West. It seems the age average age of men was from 16 to 30 years of age. While many braved the west, many never made it into the prime of life. Not only that, many still held onto the rivalries of the Civil War. Many western towns and states were still divided over North and South. Oftentimes, the appearance of the United States Calvary was enough to start the fighting all over again. I can say more about the Range Wars, Indian attacks and more, but suffice it to say seldom did someone grow old in the old our west.
Surprisingly, many preachers made their way to these places. They sought to evangelize the Indians, establish churches in many western communities and hold camp meetings wherever anyone would listen. While we are told of the wild cattlemen when they entered a town, many were just as likely to find a church to attend services. The older these men got the more they realized they had little life left on this earth.
I would that more men and women understood that life on this earth isn’t lasting. Some think they have it bad because they live in shanties, have little food, no car and have little clothing. What the lost world doesn’t see is the real need. They need Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Believing on Jesus doesn’t necessarily change certain circumstances, but it does change their hope. Many times I will hear people say their life is hell, not accepting that hell is far worse. In fact this earth may be all the heaven they will ever experience. Living in hardship does not grant them top billing in glory. Drugs dull the senses, but will never allow them to escape their need of Jesus.
Sadly, people want to find a way into heaven without the Lord. Yet, He said, “I am the way…” He endured the shame for us. He paid the sin debt for us. Why would we think we can do better? Maybe, the older we get we are lulled into thinking I can do it my way without God’s way. That is what Cain thought. That is the way of the world. Someday, we will stand before God and give an account of our life, whether long or short. Only those in Christ will be escorted into heavenly rest.
Think about it.