The Brevity of Life
“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
You probably didn’t need to read the verse above to realize that life is shockingly, and sometimes agonizingly, short. But, even though we know our days are numbered, it is still alarming to think about the end. We must come to grips with the brevity of life, so we can run the race set before us without caution.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV
We must be earth-shakers during the gift of years we are given. We must learn to let comfort, fear and confusion go to experience the miraculous miracles, signs and wonders wrapped in obedience. Yes, our eternity is secured in heaven if we believe in the salvation offered to us through Jesus. However, we will live unfulfilled lives if we just live in the quietness of our fears. We are the light, salt and sweet aroma on the earth (Matthew 5:14, Matthew 5:13, 2 Corinthians 2:15). The earth will continue to wait with earnest expectation if we don’t step out on faith and do what God is calling (Romans 8:19). Remember, you are never alone. God will be right there – never leaving or forsaking you (Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 37:25).
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