A Vapor

Life is a vapor, a mist.  Try to catch it and it’s gone.  James 4:14 says “Life is like a vapor, a mist.  It’s here one moment and then gone."  So how then should we live?  Knowing how incredibly BRIEF our lives are in comparison to an infathomable, endless eternity, how should we live our lives? 

We should accept God’s free gift of forgiveness and salvationWe’re all going to spend eternity somewhere – in Heaven ruling and reigning with God and worshiping Jesus … OR suffering unquenchable pain in Hell.  Hell was NOT designed for you or any other PERSON, but it was designed for Satan and all the other angels who rebelled against God that we read about in the book of Isaiah.  Jesus Christ stands at the door of your heart, waiting to have a relationship with you, waiting for you to simply accept His gift of salvation so you can be restored in your relationship to Father God, become who God wants you to become and one day when this SHORT life is over, enter eternity with God.  Hell was not meant for you, but HEAVEN was created for you!  Jesus Himself has prepared a place, a home in heaven for YOU!  And accepting Him as the one who died for your mistakes – for your sins and making the choice to serve and follow Him will not only give you the peace your soul has been looking for, but it will give you ETERNAL LIFE with Him! 

We should live our lives to please God.  

2 Peter 3:10-11 when speaking of the day Jesus returns to take the church away, says… “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives” 2 Peter 3:10-11 NIV

In a moment, Christ will come and every chance you’ve had to do the right thing, every chance you’ve had to witness will be forever gone.  It’s done.  It’s … over. 

Grab your Bible and read 2 Timothy 2:1-4 and 14-18.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I want to please my commanding officer, King Jesus!   

We should love our family a little bit more.

Knowing how temporal our lives are should compel us to hug our kids and our spouse a few more times a day.  It should motivate us to say "I love you” one more time.  It should bring us to a place of “I’m so thankful I have you to share this short life with!"  And in that thankfulness and humility, you’ll do more to serve one another and in doing so will be pleasing God.  And in doing that, you’ll have an even better marriage.  If we don’t realize how short our lives are, we’ll treat the ones we love the most the worst and we’ll take advantage of the gifts God’s given us in our family.  This week, let’s be "slow to speak” and quick to love.  Why?  LIFE … IS… SHORT!!!!

Jordan Biel