“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. ” – James 4:14
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Life is precious. If there’s one thing that’s certain about it, it’s that we’re all going to die. I don’t mean to be grim. I just want us to consider something important about this life. It’s fleeting.
Each day passes by so fast until the next thing you know, 10, 30, 50, or even 60 years have gone by. I think we can sometimes take for granted that the next day will come for us.
But James warned against doing that when he wrote, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:13-14).
Our lives are like vapors: here one moment, and then gone the next. So we ought to hold on to the ones around us. Show them love and kindness, and appreciate who and what we have while we have them.
We also ought to get ourselves ready, spiritually, for that day so that we can stand on the right side of the Lord and enter into heaven with Him (Matthew 25:33-34). If you’re not ready, you can get ready by obeying the gospel: believe that Jesus is Lord (John 8:24); repent of your sins (Luke 13:3); confess the sweet name of Jesus (Matthew 10:32-33); and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Mark 16:16). Then you will be saved from a second, eternal, death.
Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. So let’s be loving. Let’s be kind. And let’s get ready for heaven.
“Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’” – James 4:15
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