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Samuel A CainWhat is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. (James 4:14 ESV)

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12 ESV)

Human beings cannot predict the number of their days upon this earth, nor does anyone know the day and time he will pass through the gates of eternity. How will people remember you after you have shuffled off this mortal coil? Will people miss you because of the good you have done in their lives? Time is ticking, so how does your life stack up thus far?

Screwtape is a demon in The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. In the book, Screwtape recalls one of his “patients” remarking to him upon entering hell, “I now see that I spent most of my life in doing neither what I ought nor what I liked.”

Urging people to waste time on the wrong things is one of the devil’s best strategies for defeating Christians. Since we are in this world for only a short span of time, should we not be about our Father’s business? The Rolling Stones may sing “Time is on My Side”, but there is no way to know – absolutely. James, the brother of Jesus, reminds us:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15 ESV)

How many “Someday” people do you know? You hear them say, “Someday, I will start taking my family to church regularly”; “Someday, I will attend a Bible study”; “Someday, I will read the Bible all the way through”; “Someday, I will attend Sunday School”; Someday, I will go on a mission trip”; Someday, I will tell my neighbor all about Jesus”; Someday, I will volunteer to keep the nursery at church”; “Someday, I will help usher”; “Someday, I will teach in the children’s ministry”; or “Someday, I am going to start praying more”.

Don’t fool yourself by thinking, “I have plenty of time.” We are told, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1 ESV) Life is truly, “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” Even if you are granted a long life; one day, one week, and one month turn quickly into years and “Someday” has still failed to arrive. You should seize the moment to change your life. The truth is – “Someday” never comes, for the reason that there is no time like the present. “Someday” is a myth, a lie that we speak to ourselves and others. The present may be your only opportunity.

Therefore, make the most of every opportunity by means of your life and conduct to display the glory of God. Overflow in good works and strengthen the communion of believers. Do not waste your time foolishly. Allow the wisdom of Jesus Christ, as He has revealed it in His Word and by His example, to be your standard for living. “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV)






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