“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.”
Life is short. I know this sounds like a rhetorical statement, but the brevity of life must be realized if you are going to live your life in such a manner that you make the most of it. Those who ignore the brevity of life are those who waste their life in riotous living.
God illustrates the brevity of life by saying, “It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” We often compare the word “vapour” to a flame, but that is not what this word means. A “vapour” is the smoke after the flame is gone. When you blow out a match or a candle, the smoke that ascends is the vapour of that flame. It will smoke for a little time, and then it is gone. That is how God explains the brevity of life. You can see it for a short time, and then it is gone.
My friend, according to the Scriptures, your life is a short threescore and ten years. These seventy years for some seem long, but they are expended more quickly than one can imagine. Those who are approaching or have passed the seventy-year mark can tell you that life goes by quickly. With the brevity of life in mind, I would like to remind you of a few things you need to do with the life you have.
First, serve God. There is one life you will never regret, and that is the life of serving God. This life that you live should simply be a sowing ground for the next. If you want to reap great rewards in Heaven, you should live this life serving the LORD. You only have a short time to lay up rewards in Heaven. Don’t waste your time on things that will never give you rewards in Heaven. Spend every minute of time you have preparing for Heaven.
Second, make the most of your relationships. I truly believe that if we lived life with its brevity in mind, we would do everything we could to make the most of those relationships the LORD has given us. You only have one set of parents, and you should do what you can to enjoy them while you have them. You may not always get along with your siblings, but you need to make the most of your time with them because you can’t enjoy them when they are in a casket. Enjoy the relationships you have with fellow believers. So many friends of mine are now in Heaven, and I know that I will get to enjoy Heaven with them someday, but the brevity of their life caused them to be taken so quickly. My friend, enjoy the friends you still have and don’t take for granted that they will be here tomorrow. You just don’t know when your pastor, Sunday school teacher, friend or co-laborer will be gone.
Third, deal with sin quickly. Too many believers waste their lives in sin. You are not guaranteed that you have a tomorrow to get right concerning your sin. If today was the last day of your life, would you want to meet the LORD with your unconfessed sins? You may think you can wait until tomorrow to take care of sin, but your life is short, and every minute you waste in sin is a minute you could have invested in righteousness. Don’t let sin waste the brevity of your life.
Are you making the most with your “vapour” of life? You only have one life to live. You can’t have a redo on life; therefore, you had better make the most of everything that LORD allows you to have and do because life is short.