“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.”
The verse above takes life and brings it down to the perfect picture of what it truly is, a vapor. When I was a boy, I often looked at the flame of a candle and thought of this verse. The flame is like a vapor that flickers with the breeze, and it lights the area, but with one quick blow of breath, it is gone. God asks, “What is your life?” He is asking you to consider your life from the perspective of the vapor. Let me help you to look at your life for a bit with this perspective.
First, life is fragile. It doesn’t take much for a flame of fire to go out. Many things can affect the influence that your life can make. Sickness, sin, and life’s trials all show an individual that their life is fragile. One moment you think you have everything under control, and the next minute your life is hanging by a thread just to make it. You always have to keep in mind how fragile life is if you are going to make an impact with your life.
Second, life is swift. A vapor doesn’t last forever. Many people have treated life as if they were going to live forever only to realize how quickly it is gone. As I write this devotional, I am in my fifties. When I look back at my life, I see how swiftly life comes and goes. My friend, the time you have is swift, and you only have so much time to make an impact with the health and energy that you do have.
Third, life is impacting. A little flame can light a whole room of darkness, and your little life influences many around you. You must never think that your life is not making an impact. You may not see the impact it is making, but your life is influencing others around you for good or bad.
Therefore, there are some thoughts we should consider about the brevity of life. First, be careful with what you do with your life. Life is so brief, and many things can hurt its ability to make an impact. The decisions you make will impact what you can do with your life. Many people have made hurtful decisions that caused them to lose the ability to do something with their life. Likewise, your health and strength won’t always be good; therefore, you must give your best for the LORD while you have the health and strength so that you don’t live your life in regret when your health and strength are gone.
Second, now is the time to get something done. You can keep on putting off until tomorrow, but every day you put off, you are hurting the ability to make an impact with your life. Let me remind you that your life is a vapor that is here and gone, and what you do today is the only impact that your life will make when you are gone tomorrow. Therefore, you had better make the most of today if you want your life to make an impact for good.
Let me ask you, if God chose to end your life today, what impact have you made for Christ? All the things you have acquired on earth, and all the accolades and trophies you have won won’t mean anything in eternity. You only have a short time to make an impact for Christ with your life. Let me encourage you not to waste the time you have and the health and vitality you enjoy, because one day it will be gone and you will wish you had done more for Christ with your life. Make the most of today so that you don’t have regrets tomorrow.