In the Book of James, Chapter 4, Verse 14, there are some startling words that call us to think. James asks, “What is your life?”
We, as Americans have been privileged to be a part of an adventure called “living” (freely, no doubt). I have heard many people in recent years whose philosophy on life is that we came from nowhere and are going nowhere. However, the Bible says we live our lives as a tale that is told. Life has been called “the predicament that precedes death.”
You exist for a reason. Your life is either full of nothingness or full of meaningfulness. There are three false estimates of life I’ve observed.
The first is “things”. The leading business in America is the business of soliciting and buying “things” - buying that which we don’t need to impress people that we don’t even know. Jesus said that a man’s life consists not of the things which he possesses. When asked how much money would satisfy him, John Rockefeller answered, “Just a little more.”
Then there are thrills. Many are looking for constant excitement or “adventure” that will ultimately leave them feeling empty. This life is like a merry-go-round. You get on and off at the same place and never really go anywhere.
Then finally, there are the theory seekers – these university upstarts who have been so “educated” that they’ve come home college bred. These who speak lightly of God or not at all of him could have learned a few theories from Granddad, who may have not gone past the seventh grade but knew Jesus as his Saviour.
Our lives should be based, not on things, thrills or theories, but on truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 14:6; 8:32)
“Change and decay in all around I see –
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.”