“And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.” James 1:10-11 NLT
Earthly life is like a flower in the field – here one day, gone the next!
Great wealth, intellectual achievement, physical strength, earthly influence.. all will fade away!
Without eternity in everything you do.. you’re a runner in an earthly race organized by the devil.
“Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:11-13 NLT
We have a new identity in Christ. We are foreigners in this world. We are heaven’s ambassadors, advancing His kingdom. You are not “familiar” with this world, and neither should you be.
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure. Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is. Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.” 1 John 3:1-10 NLT
We have an advocate with the Father, our Lord Jesus. (1 John 2:1-2) If we have sinned, we can go to Him for help!
Time is running out …
… it can be with joyful expectation as we walk in love and occupy until He comes. (with eager expectation, keeping ourselves pure)
.. or in anxiety and uncertainty of the coming judgement. (Heb. 9:27)
““For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 NLT
Call goes out to forsake all wickedness, evil intentions of the heart, world’s ways of living.. and live for Jesus!
It’s time to surrender, He will give you eternal life!