What! That’s been in the cupboard how long?

I cleaned out several kitchen cupboards the other day, something I try to do at least once a year, sometimes more often. I washed off spills that might attract bugs and mice, reorganized the shelves, and discovered food products and baking ingredients beyond their expiration dates.

Yes, I’ve used or consumed the contents of a sealed package or can beyond the stamped date, but I’m cautious. Some things, like spices, lose their taste or value, and most things are safely consumable only for a limited time. It’s painful to throw away such products because it’s wasteful of food and money. Perhaps it’s something I forgot after storing it, or I kept putting off its use, and it got pushed to the back of the cupboard.

Occasionally I’ve discovered something outdated on a store shelf. So, it’s always good to check the expiration date before purchasing.

There are other kinds of expiration dates, too, such as when to submit tax forms and pay taxes, the latest date you can obtain a concert ticket or register for a conference, or the date on a contract for submitting your completed manuscript to a publisher.

Life is filled with last chances and expiration dates.

Since man’s fall in the garden of Eden, death, the end of life here on earth, is a certainty for each one of us.

 “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)

However, God promises eternal life, life forever with Him, when a person receives the gift of eternal life through His Son.

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

                 “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Once we belong to Him, there’s no expiration date on our salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. The Good Shepherd promises this.

John 10: 27-30 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”