Vapour

This was something that I wrote several years ago, immediately after hearing that my grandfather was about to pass away. I pray that it will be as good a reminder for you as it has been for me:

So here I am at camp and I have just found out that my grandfather who has cancer is about to die. He had originally been given 6-10 months and I just now found out that this had been changed to a few weeks. We believe he is saved and I was already planning on going out to visit him next week, but this made me really start thinking. You’re a freshman, sophomore, senior in high school. I’m a senior in college, my granddad is 68. You and I have a life expectancy of about 55-65 more years; my granddad had one of about another 15 years. Then all of the sudden he is diagnosed with cancer and that life expectancy drops to 10 months, now just a short while later it drops to a matter of weeks. You walk out of school tomorrow and you have no thought for when you are going to die. What would happen if you were diagnosed with cancer and given 2 months, 5 weeks, perhaps even 2 weeks to live?? It has happened before. How about if you were struck by a car and died instantly? We have no idea how long the Lord has given us to serve him on this earth. I know a guy my age who had to drop out of school because his cancer from when he was a teen returned. He is receiving treatment, but he has no idea if this resurgence is going to kill him! “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.” (James 4:14) What are you doing with your Christian life? Are you one of those people who have taken the initial step of salvation but now you sit there not growing in your faith? Perhaps you say, “When I go to college I’ll change” or “next year after camp I’ll get things right and start serving”. Or perhaps you are not even saved yet! 2 Corinthians 6:2 tell us very clearly, “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” There is no time to wait before you get saved, don’t play games with God! You might have another 50 years or you might just have 2 hours, you don’t know. But let’s say you are already saved and you aren’t doing anything for the Lord. Now is the time to start, you don’t want to come to the end of your life and realize that you could have done so much more for God! Our present life is only a ‘vapour’ in the sight of God, here and then quickly, with no warning, it dissipates and never returns. I pray that when it comes time for me to die, whether it is when I am 68 or whether it is tomorrow, I will be ready to face my Lord. Serve the Lord and do right so that he can say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matt 25:23)

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About Bro. Tom

Serves as the Youth/Associate Pastor at NBBC. He has a Masters Degree in Biblical Counseling and his Bachelors is in Bible from Bob Jones University. You can find him on Twitter and on Facebook

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