“You only live once,” the mantra recently popularised by rapper, Drake, now seems to be part of the everyday vernacular. Life is short and we must make the most of it, right? At any moment we might be whisked away, and our time here expired. It may seem a harmless bit of advice meant to encourage and inspire, but it is a deception of the highest degree.
At its root, is a philosophy of self. It is a message that preaches the doctrine of self-indulgence, pleasure-seeking, and hedonism. It seeks to teach young and impressionable souls that life’s purpose is the experience of revelry; a pursuit of reckless abandon with little regard for consequence. We will make mistakes, so why not have fun while doing so?
We are told we should make the most of the time we have now, saturating our experience with unfettered excitement. However, this seems a rather shallow motive for life, as perpetually living in your moment leaves behind no legacy of noble content. It does not fortify character, nor does it inspire growth and the increase of worthwhile riches. It is at best, a putrid stagnation of carnal modality.
Drake lied to you, you’ll likely live twice. The reality is, only the 144,000 endure an unbroken experience of eternity, and their lives are the very expression of discipline, piety, and selfless service. Their being, a reflection of godliness, is the standard to which all should endeavour through the power the Holy Spirit. Their lot is truly purposeful living.
Most of us will almost certainly face death at one point or another, and how we have lived in this life defines our fate for the next. We will most probably find our continuance punctuated by a resurrection, and whether we have lived for the moment, or for eternity instead, makes known to all of heaven of which we are fit.
Drake’s motto is a sinister counterfeit of celestial currency, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is an aberration of love, ministry and a divinely appointed purpose. The real challenge today is not to live life to the full, but to live it to the best.