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James 4:13-15 “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: vs 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. Vs 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”
The Bible likens life to a vapour. A vapour is the mist or fog that you see in the morning that disappears soon after. Life is just for a moment.
Here are some reasons why life is but for a moment:
1. Death is Certain
a. Old age
If any of us lived to see a hundred years that would still be a very short time. When you view life in the light of eternity, life is only a vapour.
b. Sudden death
No one is guaranteed that they will live to their full age. The news is full of tragedies such as car accidents, murders, and heath issues (Cancer); and all these things can come upon us like a thief in the night.
2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”
c. God can cut our life short if He chooses
Luke 12:20 “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”
We must remember that God gives life and God can take it away at any time. If God decides to cut our life short, then that is totally up to Him. That is why it is important that we live surrendered lives to Christ.
2. Coming of Christ is soon
James 5:8 “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”
Death is not only certain, but the coming of Christ is very soon. Many things around us are happening that the Word of God predicts that prove the end time is near. Life is a vapour because Jesus is coming very soon.
Because life is only for a moment the Bible instructs us to live according to the will of God. It a sad thing when a Christian chooses to live life as if they are going to live forever on earth.
James 4:16 “But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.”
We have a limited time on earth, but the flesh continues to fight against God’s will and desires to live for self. Notice what the Word of God states.
Ephesians 5:15-18 “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, vs 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Vs 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Vs 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”
a. Do not be foolish but walk with wisdom.
b. Do not waste time but make every opportunity count for God’s glory.
c. Strive to know and to do what God wills and do not seek to do what you want to do.
d. Be controlled by the Holy Spirit, and do not be overcome with the lust of your flesh. In other words, do not just live for yourself.
We must live with eternity in view. Someone once said, “For a little reward men make a long journey; for eternal matters many will scarce lift a foot once from the ground.”
Notice what Moses said. Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
This verse (John 3:16) is a famous Bible verse amongst the believers and non-believers. It is a rich verse that proves God’s love through one of the greatest promises ever given to man – the promise of “everlasting life”.
DL Moody once said, “God never made a promise that was too good to be true.”
God planned, prepared, and promised eternal life with Him in Heaven before the world even began.
Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.”
Unfortunately, in the beginning of creation the devil effectively deceived people into rebelling against God and living life without Him, causing them to miss out on God’s greatest promise.
To rebel against God and live without the Creator is sinful and has brought about an eternal death, which has been passed on to all of humanity.
Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
Notice what Jesus said prior to John 3:16…John 3:14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:”
In John 3 Jesus is speaking to a Pharisee named Nicodemus, and Jesus points him back to the time when the children of Israel fell into sin as Moses was leading them to the Promised and Land (which is a picture of eternal life). Jesus was reminding Nicodemus of God’s Great Salvation that he offered them.
John 3:16 reminds us about a few things regarding Salvation:
1. The Source of Salvation
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world…”
2. The Sacrifice of Salvation
John 3:16 “…that he gave his only begotten Son…”
3. The Scope of Salvation
John 3:16 “…that whosoever believeth in him..."
4. The Seriousness of Salvation
John 3:16 “…should not perish..."
5. The Security of Salvation
John 3:16 “…but have everlasting life.”
Jesus said in John 10:10 “...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”