Time is wasting away and no one seems to realize that life is a time-limited experience. When life on earth is gone, there will be no one returning for a second chance. We only have one time to get right with God! We assume we’ll wake up tomorrow morning. We’re sure we’ll be here to enjoy our summer vacation with family. We’ve already begun to think about plans for the holidays that will be here before we know it. We plot and plan like we’ll be here forever. Don’t misunderstand, I’m all about planning ahead. I just wonder if at times we take life for granted. We just assume we will grow old and someday, many years from now, we’ll die in our old age. Wake up, everyone! People die at every age. Infants die, toddlers die, teenagers die, young adults die, middle age adults die, and seniors die.
I can think of some young people I’ve known who left this world way too soon. They were going about their day to day life and some tragic accident or health issue brought their young life to an abrupt end. You can probably list more than a few names of people you knew who died at a young age. We just don’t know when our last day will come. Life is too unpredictable and precious to take for granted.
Let us always be reminded of 3 facts of life:
● The folly of making plans
● Life is very brief and can come to end at any moment
● The importance of being prepared to meet God
James tells of people making plans to visit a city, to buy and sell and get gain. James follows that with an all-important question, “What is your life?” He then gives the answer that life is a vapor or mist: “It is a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (Jam 4:14). James then advises that when we lay out plans we should follow them with these choice words “if the Lord’s will” (v.15).
Always be prepared to meet God at any given moment. If you are not ready to meet God, please do not postpone it any longer. Life is truly fragile, handle it with tender care. Care enough about your soul to prepare it to stand before God justified. In order to do this, you must align your will with God’s will (Matt 7:21). What is the will of God?
First is to obey the gospel of Christ. What is the gospel of Christ? It is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:1-4). To obey the gospel, one must obey the words of Jesus who commanded his apostles to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16:15). Then Jesus said some very imperative words for your soul: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk 16:16). The apostle Paul spoke of this belief when he wrote to the Romans: “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom 10:10). The apostle Peter spoke of the same baptism Jesus spoke of when he said, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
So, what are you waiting for? “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts… (Heb 3:7-8). “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2).