Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. James 4:13-17 (NIV)
Your life is like a mist that is here today and gone tomorrow. Your life is like the blink of an eye. Your life is like a snap of the fingers. Before you know it your life on this earth will be gone. Do you want to make the best use of your life? Do you want to wisely use the time that you have been given? I know that my time on this earth is racing by. I can’t tell you how many times I have said that something that happened years ago seems like yesterday. I ask where has time gone. You have no need to convince me on this point. So, I don’t want to waste the time that I have been given. Yes, I want to make the best use of my time and my life. How can I make the best and wisest use of my time? That is a very good question.
At the end of your life what will you be glad that you have gone and done? When you come to live forever in heaven with me what will you want to show me? What fruit will your life have born for my kingdom? What glory will you have brought to my name? At the end of my life I will be glad that I have gone and done your will. When I come to live forever in heaven with you I want to show you the fruit I have born for your kingdom. I will want you to see how I have brought glory to your name. That will be very good. If you want to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name what will you stop doing and what will you start doing? I will stop making my own elaborate plans for my life. I will start and keep on asking you what is your will and what are your plans for my life. I will make it my priority to know and do your will. I will go where you guide me. I will do all that you ask of me. How will you be able to know and do my will? I will live in a close and intimate relationship with you. I will meet with you in your word. I will allow you to speak into my life. I will listen carefully to all that you say to me. I will live my life in constant dialogue of prayer with you. That will be very good. Then you will be able to know and do my will. Then you will make the best and wisest use of your time in this life as you follow and serve me.
Lord, I don’t want to live out my plans for my life. I want to live out the plans you have for my life. I want to know and do your will. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do all that you ask of me. Help me make the best use of the time I have been given. Amen
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