Making Every Day Count – James 4:13-16
James 4:13-16 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. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. (New American Standard Bible)
Absolutely every day without fail I am being challenged by what I am reading in the Word. Like sandpaper on a rough piece of wood there is much that is catching and needing to be smoothed out. Which is cool, I love that I am changing and becoming more of what God intends of me! And this reading is no different, last night my wife and I were chatting about our big move to a new city in March, where we plan to live for about a year, where I will engage in new business!
This reading puts my life, my struggles my ambition, my numerous plans into perspective: You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Wow, in the scale of history, in God’s timing, I am but a vapor, which in the greek is atmis which literally means to exhale. So I am like the air that leaves my mouth, that exists for the briefest of moments before disappearing.. I am but a brief breath in the grand scheme of things.
And in the face of this reality I find myself realising the need to live my life fully and completely for God. I just don’t have that long to make an impact on this world! I see every day as an opportunity, every moment a chance to shine as a star in the universe (Philippians 2:15-16a). When I feel tired and grumpy, or I find myself angry at someone, I need to view my life as fleeting and my focus as heavenward. As James states: “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” My task is simply to do the Lord’s will, and this is a decision I make, an attitude, an approach to life. I want to do the Lord’s will, and to do the Lord’s will I need to find out what His will is, and to do that I need to come into His presence – which is the theme of my walk at the moment – to be firmly in God’s presence. And this is achieved through reading the Bible, prayer and confessing my sin. And not just bits here and there, but lots of Bible reading, prayer and confession. To really embrace the practice of strengthening my faith!
I want to make every day count, to live every day for Jesus. I want a life that is dedicated to serving Him completely. That is truly living.
Rev Mark Brown
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