Reminded of the Brevity of Life

For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. – James 4.14

I am reminded of the brevity of life this morning. Three reasons:

1. I found out last night that Abbie Adams, a six-year-old from Southern Illinois, passed away on Saturday afternoon. Abbie went with her family to the same church as my parents and was the niece of one of my close long-time friends. A month or so ago Abbie caught a virus and tragically the virus went to her heart. She ended up losing her heart and being kept alive through a Berlin heart.

2. I got an e-mail this morning informing me that my son’s little league coach lost his father unexpectedly. He was only fifty years old. I do not know the cause of death.

3. This morning I read about Ryan Keith.

Life is short. Even if you live to be 100, it will go fast. The most important thing you can do is be ready to die. As someone has said, only when you are ready to die, are you truly ready to live.

The Bible says that there is only one way to be ready to die. It is to be ready to face our Creator. God is holy and demands perfection (Isaiah 6.1-6). We have rebelled against God and broken His laws (1 John 3.4). The just punishment for lawbreakers against and eternal God is everlasting separation from him (Revelation 21.8).

But we can escape this destiny. God loved the world so much he sent his only Son, Jesus (John 3.16), to come to this planet and live the perfect life we haven’t lived and to go to the cross and bear the punishment for our sin against Him (2 Corinthians 5.21; Romans 5.8;  6.23). He also conquered death by being raised from the dead (1 Corinthians 15). And then He ascended to Heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God the Father (Hebrews 1.3).

God calls on sinners everywhere to repent of our sin (Acts 17.30). This means to confess that we have done wrong and desire to do the right thing from now on (1 John 1.9). He also calls us to trust (believe) in Jesus Christ to save us (John 20.30-31). Repent and believe.

Anyone who has truly done this is a follower of Jesus Christ, seeking to bring glory to Him and bless others.

It’s not complicated. Even a child can understand it. But it takes a miracle in your heart to do it.

Have you done it? Are you ready to meet God? As I have been reminded this morning, for some it comes much quicker than they probably expected.

For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. – Romans 10.13

I hope you will be ready.


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