What is Your Life?
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For WHAT IS YOUR LIFE? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15).
What is your life? This is a deeply profound question. I hope that you will ponder it with me today. In our Scripture above, the Apostle James challenges people to rethink the way they are living their lives. “Come now,” he says, “You people who say we will do this or that, because you do not know what will happen tomorrow!” What a sobering thought. For what is your life? James says, “It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” In other words—it’s short. Wow. Psalm 39:4 says, “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away.” Allow me to pose this question to you today: What is YOUR life? What is the driving force or passion in your life?
I remember one time when Liza and I were involved in a home group at Bible Fellowship, and we were reading through a book together called The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. The subtitle of the book on the front cover boldly asks, “What on Earth am I here for?” As the author himself explains, “This is more than a book; it is a guide to a 40-day spiritual journey that will enable you to discover the answer to life’s most important question: What on Earth am I here for? By the end of this journey you will know God’s purpose for your life and will understand the big picture—how all the pieces of your life fit together.” If you’re looking for a good book to go through, this is one that I would recommend to you. Of course, the greatest Book of Books that you could ever read is the Bible itself—the very word of God. But to new Christians (or people who are maybe just looking to learn more about God and God’s purpose for our life), this would be a good kick start to your spiritual journey. Here are a few quotes from one of the chapters of this book, and I pray that they will challenge you today to consider God’s purposes for your life:
“Life on Earth is a temporary assignment…To make the best use of your life, you must never forget two truths. First, compared with eternity, life is extremely brief. Second, Earth is only a temporary residence. You won’t be here long, so don’t get too attached. Ask God to help you see life on Earth as he sees it…Compared with other countries, life has never been easier for much of the Western world. We are constantly entertained, amused, and catered to. With all the fascinating attractions, mesmerizing media, and enjoyable experiences available today, it’s easy to forget that the pursuit of happiness is not what life is about…In order to keep from becoming too attached to this Earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life—longings that will never be fulfilled on this side of eternity. We are not completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be! Earth is not our final home, we were created for something much better…You will not be in Heaven two seconds before you cry out, “Why did I place so much importance on things that were so temporary? What was I thinking?”
If only we could catch a glimpse of eternity today, and start living every day getting ready for our final day. This world is not the end! It is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgement. Life is short, so let us live for the glory of God!
Pastor Chris Jordan