Our brief life

Sierra Exif JPEG“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”               James 4:14 (NIV)

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Today’s verse probably brings out several different emotions. On the one hand, it is depressing to realize how brief our life in this world really is. Yet, as followers of Jesus, we also have hope. Our hope is based upon the fact that our life in this world is not all there is.

We are destined for eternity in heaven.

Our life in this world is short and our time to have an impact is brief.

Therefore, another emotion we should sense is a desire to use our time well.

Part of cultivating an eternal perspective is coming to this realization…that what we do in this world matters…and we have little time to do it.

This realization can cause us to make ourselves very busy rushing around “doing things”.

But the answer to our brief life in this world is not to become busy.

The answer is to focus on doing the works that God has prepared for us to do. (Eph. 2:10)

Let’s face it…we live in a world filled with distractions. There are innumerable ways we can spend our limited time…and most of them simply waste it. But that’s not the only danger. We also run the risk of doing what is good and missing what is best.

There is only one way to avoid that.

We must tune ourselves to God’s voice and actively seek His direction for our lives.

God will lead us into a life that is designed specifically for us, taking into account the way He has made us. It will be a life that will make the most of the limited time we have on this earth. There will be times of refreshment, times spent in fellowship with other believers, and times spent in fellowship with God. And of course, there will be times of service and work.

It requires that we surrender our own life goals and plans.

As James reminds us…our life is like a mist that will soon pass into eternity. Seek His leading on how to best use your brief life.

Prayer: Lord, help me turn from my plans to Your plans for my life.

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