James compares our life to a vanishing mist. It’s quite a humbling thought when I think about all the time and money I spend on this life.
I was recently reminded of the parable of the rich fool found in Luke 12:13-21. Jesus begins by warning the crowd to be on their guard against all kinds of greed. He then goes on to describe the rich man’s “problem."
Basically he has such an abundant harvest that he has no room to store his crops. His genius solution: Build bigger barns. He figures he’s set for the rest of his life and he can take it easy.
There is no beating around the bush. God calls him a fool, pointing out that his life could be demanded from him at any moment, and then what will happen to all his wealth? He cannot take it with him. Jesus warns them that it will be the same for anyone who stores up things for themselves but is not rich towards God.
James’ message is similar. We can make all sorts of plans for our time and money, but at the end of the day, we are at the Lord’s mercy. Our biggest plan ought to be, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
I find myself challenged by some word’s my dad left me with: “If you were to live today, as if it were your last day on earth, what would you do that would make a difference in the kingdom?”
Whew. What would I do? Complete tasks at the expense of relationship? No. Lament about having “nothing to wear”? Obsess over how much money is or isn’t saved in the bank? No again.
It challenges me to continually ask myself, is “this” a vanishing mist, or a kingdom game-changer? I need to continually ask the Lord to prune me in this area. I lose focus easily but the truth remains the same. This life is a vanishing mist, and for as long as the Lord gives me, I must use everything He’s given me to point people to Him.
Lord, I want my life to matter eternally. Thank you that You want to use me for Your purposes. I confess that I'm continually distracted by the things of this world. Remove anything that is distracting me and tempting me to focus on earthly pursuits more than heavenly pursuits. Thank you for what You have blessed me with in this life. Help me to hold loosely the things of this world. Take away my fear and doubt in regards to the future. Help me submit to You. You love me completely. Your way is best and I can completely trust you. Give me a heart that is fully submitted to You. In Jesus name.
This excerpt was taken from Journey Through James: A Roadmap for Trials. CLICK HERE to learn more.