No Moment Lost

roy batty blade runner“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” Roy Batty, moments before his death in the movie Blade Runner

A man mourning loss. And what loss? That all his unique experiences, all that he had ever done, all that was special to him, would be lost.

As Christians, we can face death with the exact opposite view. All our moments, every moment of beauty, every act of kindness, every smile, every touch, will be ours to remember for eternity. And what’s more, every act, every “cup of cold water” that impacted others, that helped build Christ’s Kingdom, will be part of the glorious tapestry of time that God is weaving, part of His spiritual temple:

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. (1 Corinthians 3:11-14)

As we lay our acts of love on the foundation of Christ, we are building something eternal, that will not be lost. To paraphrase an old saying:

Only one life, will soon be past
Everything done for Christ will last.

Remember that nothing you do today in Christ will ever be lost.

1 comment to No Moment Lost

  • John,

    As I grow older, and see my children grow older; as I hope that my impact on their lives will last, along with our shared memories; as I watch gray creep into my black beard and stiffness into my limbs; as fatigue clutches me more tightly; as all of this happens I often feel a deep sense of mourning for the loss of things bright and dear. My Celtic ancestors with their sorrow and my Germanic ones with their fatalism have left me a legacy that tends toward sadness.

    Thank you for the reminder that I am more; that by my adoption I am now in the family of Christ. Thank you for the reminder that what is worthy and born of love will not pass away, but will remain forever for those of us who believe and are saved.

    I appreciate your wisdom; you sent this when I needed it most.

    Your friend,


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