James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
I recently saw a video on YouTube portraying the days in our lives using jellybeans. I would recommend watching it here.
I spoke a few weeks ago on this subject. The typical life expectancy is the USA is 76. When you compare the years that you have on earth with an eternity, we are here for an extremely short time! In that time, you are born dependent on others, and you spend your childhood and teenage years preparing for life. But you eventually reach that age where you begin to have an impact on others. That brings us to the point…what will you do with that time?
We put time and energy into doing something…we need to make sure that time and energy is being used for something worthwhile, and that we are giving it our best effort! Our impact can last an eternity!
For example, my grandfathers on both sides were preachers. They raised their children in the church, and passed on an Apostolic heritage. In turn, my parents took the values and lessons learned by their parents, and instilled a love for Christ and a passion for ministry into the lives of both my brother and I. Now my wife and I are trying to raise our children to have a love for Jesus Christ, a love for the church, and a love for ministry! This is the effect of Grampy and Grammy Kline, and Grandpa and Grandma Puckett, alive and well all these years later!
This goes beyond family though! Many years ago, when my great-grandmother was a child, her mother took her to stay with a family in Indianapolis, IN. This family attended an Apostolic church. They took my great-great-grandmother and her children to church with them, where they were baptized by the Rev. GT Haywood. The ministry, and life of GT Haywood, all these years later, is still affecting our family across this nation.
So the question again remains, what will you do with your time?
Will you work hard at a job, to build up a bank account, that really will not last very long and be forgotten?
Will you try to be popular, and have a large group of so-called-friends, that will probably abandon you when something better comes along?
Will you try to have the nicest house, most expensive car, and best manicured lawn?
Or will you reach out to someone, and share with them God’s love? Will you train up your children to serve the Lord? Will you get involved in your church and do everything you can to help your church fulfill the great commission?
As the song says, ‘Only one life, so soon it will pass, only what’s done for Christ will last!’