Professor H. C. Childs once said, ‘the life of mankind can be summed up in three words. Hurry, Worry, and Bury.’ Just exactly what is your life? What’s the meaning of it? Is it significant? Think about it.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. (James 4:13, 14 NASB)
I. Let’s look at what your life is not.
a. Your life is not an abundance of Things.
Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15 NASB)
It is the reason some live. They are out for more money and more possessions.
It was once asked of the rich man John D. Rockefeller, How much more money would you need to be happy? His reply? ‘Just one more dollar.’ Those who live for money spend the first half of their life gathering it and the second half keeping it!
b. Your life is not an abundance of Time.
Methusala lived 969 years and he died. Thats all that is recorded.
When Methuselah was 187, he had a son named Lamech. Methuselah had more children and died at the age of 969. (Genesis 5:25-27 NIV)
Jesus Christ lived 33 years and His life changed the course of history.
c. Your life is not an abundance of Thrills.
The prevailing attitude is ‘if it feels good, do it.’
But she[he] who gives herself[himself] to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives. (1 Timothy 5:6 NASB)
d. Your life is not an abundance of Theories
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God… (1 Corinthians 1:21a NASB)
There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. (Proverbs 14:12 NASB)
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (2 Timothy 1:12 KJV)
II. Let’s look at what your life is.
a. Your life is a Preparation
Prepare to live – If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 NASB)
Prepare to die – And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, (Hebrews 9:27 NASB)
b. Your life is a Pursuit
1. Pleasure – I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself.” And behold, it too was futility. (Ecclesiastes 2:1 NASB)
2. Worldly Praise – “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 6:1 NASB)
3. Ease – Woe to those who are at ease in Zion And to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria, The distinguished men of the foremost of nations, To whom the house of Israel comes. (Amos 6:1 NASB)
4. God’s Will – Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1, 2 NASB)
c. Your life is a Possibility
1. Of salvation – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NASB)
2. Of success – But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 NASB)
3. Of service – The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, (2 Timothy 2:24 NASB)
d. Your life is a Power
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. (James 4:14 NASB)
1. Life like a vapor is seen.
2. Life like a vapor is strong.
3. Life like a vapor is short.
III. Lets look at what your life can be.
a. Your life can be cleansed.
but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 NASB)
b. Your life can be changed.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB)
c. Your life can be controlled.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18 NASB)
What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.
….I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10b NASB)
Until next time,