“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.’ ” - James 4:14-15
Verses we all have probably heard one time or another, yet they hit home, hard, for me today.
Two things happened to bring these verses into a brighter and clearer light.
First, a dear brother in the Lord went home to glory today.
This brother was a living testimony that the power of God can truly change anyone.
He was faithful where God had placed him and I know he heard "Well done!" from the Lord today. (Matthew 25:23)Oh, thank You Jesus for the blessed hope of seeing dear believers again in Heaven! (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
The second event occurred at a house I am helping to flip. This house was choke full of stuff and I mean full
. I saw many things today that were no doubt costly when purchased strewn around the house, practically worthless, except perhaps for sentimental value. Yet, except for a few exceptions, all was worthy only of the title, “junk.”
These two events brought James 4:14-15
into such a crystal, clear focus.What is my life? I am truly just a mist.
I am here today and will be gone tomorrow. My time on this earth is extremely limited.
Yet, how often do I get caught up in the ridiculous things of this world? How often do I place value on the things I own, which will some day be only worthy of the title, “junk.”
Whether it be an iPhone, watch, car, house, computer, outfit, toy, gadget-you name it, give it enough time and it will be worthless.
So why I do put so much stock at times in that new piece of film equipment or tech I am blessed to have? Now, I am not saying we shouldn’t take care of the blessings the Lord has given us, far be it from me in saying something like that! Rather, I am just challenging myself not to put stock in the temporal goods of this world.
Secondly, what am I doing with the one life God has given me? Am I truly living a life worthy of the calling I have received? (Ephesians 4:1)
Am I investing in the temporal or the eternal? (Matthew 6:19-21)
Am I living for Christ or myself? (Luke 9:23) Am I loving the people God has placed in my life or am I holding back? (John 13:34-35, Matthew 5:43-44)
Christ gave His all for me! I am free! This one, short life is all the time I get to impact eternity! What am I doing with it? Am I truly giving my all? Oh, may I be found faithful!
To be honest, I am looking forward to the day when I get to go home and leave this sin-cursed world behind. The day when I will see Jesus face to face. Reread that last sentence. Do we as believers truly understand the implications of that statement!!!???
Our Savior…face to face…with unveiled face reflecting His glory…the One who died for me…the One who created this universe simply by speaking…the One who upholds the universe by the word of His power…the One who is God…such a thought is too wonderful and lofty for me to wrap my mind around!!!Thank You Jesus!
Is there any other words that I could breathe out to truly express my gratitude? What a glorious hope I have! Oh, God is so good, so good! Bless the Lord, oh my soul!
Now, I’d like to pause here to express how deeply grateful I am for each and every one of you God has placed into my life.
I had to ask myself, if I died today, would I die with regrets or not? Would I die knowing I had expressed how deeply I love and am grateful for the people the Lord has placed in my life?
Once again, being brutally honest, I don't believe I have expressed as fully as I should, how much I deeply appreciate and love all of you.
So I just want to say thank you to each of you who are reading this! Thank you for the immense blessing you have been and are in my life!
Please, please know that you have indeed made a difference in my life!
As I reflect back, I cannot begin to say how thankful I am for all of the people the Lord has brought into my life to encourage and bless me along the way.
I am humbled that you have shared a part of your life with me. I don’t deserve it, yet you all still have taken the time to love and encourage me. Wow. How good God is to me! (James 1:17)
For those of you who know me, you know I tend to be a wordy person. Yet for once, I honestly...am at a lost for words, I genuinely cannot express my gratefulness and thankfulness...
So, I am going to say it simply even though it seems so insufficient, thank you! Thank you! You all mean more to me more than you’ll ever know!Lord-willing, I pray that God has many more years for me to serve Him on this earth, yet if something happens, know that you were deeply loved and appreciated by Nathaniel Mervar.
Know that I don’t say that lightly, I take very seriously that statement and I deeply and truly mean it. (Philippians 1:3)
By God’s grace I am going to be more intentional about expressing my gratefulness and love for all of you with however much time I have left. Yet I needed to say and share this tonight.
In the power of the Holy Spirit may we seize the time we have left! May God use our short days on this earth to greatly magnify and glorify His name!
So dear friends, let us put the things of this world behind us, love the people God has placed in our lives, and chase after Christ with all that we got!
I love you all and to God alone be the glory!
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” - Psalm 90:12