Verse 14 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.
Yesterday we talked about how we fill our schedules so full that we tend to squeeze out the truly important things of life, including God and family. Today James shows us one reason this poison of busyness fills our lives.
One of the greatest life changes a person can have is a near death experience. Often when we talk to these people we will hear them say that they view life differently after almost dying. They see how important something's are and how things that they cherished before no longer hold the same value for them. They have had an adjustment to their thinking.
This is the same truth that James is trying to help his readers understand in our key verse for the day. This life is merely a vapor in the large scheme of things. In the timeline of history we are barely a blip in the line. This isn’t to say that our lives don’t matter but rather that we need to make sure the way we spend our days, matters more than we have previously thought.
While it isn’t wrong to spend our days working, it is wrong not to think about what we are working for. It is easy to put in the hours of work knowing that the bills will be paid, but what if we were to think of our work as more than just a means to an end? What if we were to look at our work as a way of fulfilling God’s purpose for us and ultimately for His purpose? Isn’t that why we are here?
When we view our life as just an existence until we die and get to go to heaven, we are missing out on living the fulfilling life that God has created us for. He doesn’t just create people for the fun of it. Each of us has been created with a specific purpose to fulfill His work in this world. If we are just randomly wandering through this life, filling our schedules with things that fulfill the desires of this world, how can we be fulfilling our purposes for Him at the same time?
If we step back from our busy schedules and think about how we view our time on this earth, we may be surprised to find out that we are not thinking about the fragility of this body and how quickly our earthly life could be snuffed out. We don’t know what day God has scheduled as our last. It is with this understanding that we need to see our life.
Making It Personal
Have you ever thought about how fragile this life is? The way you live reflects your understanding of the vapor that this life is, what does your life say your view is? What needs to change in your life?
Making It Personal Kids
How long do you think life lasts? Did Jesus live a long life? Why did He die younger than most people do?
Father, we are convicted about how poorly we have understood the life You have given us. Help us learn what You desire of us so that we can fulfill Your plan in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.