Genesis 5 is the first of several chapters in Scripture devoted to genealogy. It gives us a list of the descendants of Adam down through Noah. We’re told for example that:
All the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
All the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
All the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
And so on through the chapter.
Two things stand out about the men on this list. They all lived extraordinarily long lives. And the final statement about their lives is always the same-and he died.
Perhaps no one will ever write your life story. But if they did, it would end the same way as these men—and he died.
Face it—if you could live to be 900 you’d still die and go into eternity. That’s why our focus must be on preparing for eternity by redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.