Grace and Truth

by Pastor Jack Hyles

(Chapter 20 from Dr. Hyle's excellent book, Grace and Truth)


Several years ago I had two funerals in one day. One was of a sweet, dedicated soul-winning Christian teenager. The other was of a lady who had passed away at the age of 83. She wasn't a Christian, and she had wasted her life in ignoble matters. Someone said at the end of the day, "What a tragedy that the teenager had lived such a short life when the 83-year-old lady was privileged to live such a long one."

I replied, "The teenage girl lived longer than the old lady."

The person with whom I was talking could not understand this. "How long did the teenager live?" I was asked.

"Sixteen years," I replied.

"Well, didn't the old lady live 83 years? asked the other person.

"No," I said, "the old lady lived only a few days. Oh, to be sure, she served more time, but she did not live as long. She breathed longer, but she lived less."

Paul wrote, "But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." I Timothy 5:6. Consequently, the 16-year-old had lived longer than the 83-year-old because she had lived 16 years with a full, packed life.

How old are you? How long have you lived? These answers are not necessarily the same.


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