For a little while…

Posted: May 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

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James 4:14-15 says “yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” A mist, a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. Isn’t that just like life? It goes by so fast. I remember when I was a kid people would tell me how fast I have grown. When my wife and I had our first child people told us that it goes by so fast. I would always shrug it off and think nothing else about it because 10-12 years is 10-12 years, it takes a while. Wrong!

As I sit here typing this, that same child people told us would grow so fast is now 12 years old. It did indeed go by way to fast. Everyone was right, it seems like just yesterday he was an infant totally dependent on us. Now he is 12 years old and doesn’t need us as much. He’s a strong independent kid with a future ahead of him. Little does he know right now, that future will be here before he blinks. All of a sudden he will be 24, and then 34. It happens so fast.

Also, as I sit here, my grandmother is in the hospital and has been for over a week. She has been in the critical care unit and as I get updates from my family that is with her I hear about how fast she is going down. She is 82 years old, but I remember when she was 52 years old. She was my closest friend and a sweet young lady with so much time left. 30 years seems like a long time, but let me tell you, it seems like just yesterday we were in the backyard swinging, listening to the birds sing, and listening to her sweet voice sing How Great Thou Art to me. Now as the end of her life approaches I can’t help but think about this passage in James. A mist that is here for a little time, and then vanishes.

What do we do with something like this? I’ll tell you. We search our hearts. We work out our salvation with fear and trembling. We rest in who Christ is in our lives and live a life worthy of our calling. We preach the Gospel to those that are here for just a short time. We must be passionate about Jesus and the souls of others. We never know when our time will come where we look back on it all and say it was all to fast.

While you are here, trust Christ. Repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you are a Christian, preach the Gospel to a lost and dying world. It’s the most important thing you could do. Do work!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Pastor Steven

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