What Is Your Life?

"For what is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes!" James 4:14

Life is but a vapor--which is soon gone!
It is but a tale--which is soon told!
It is like the swift ship--it soon sails by!

And yet, how much depends on life, on one life! Life is the bud of being--the commencement of an endless existence--the introduction to eternity.

In life we sow--after death we reap.
In life we plant--after death we gather the fruits.
Now, in this life--we must be born again.
Now, in this life--our sins must be pardoned.
Now, in this life--our natures must be sanctified and made fit for Heaven.

During life, mercy reigns. During life, the gospel invites us to come to Jesus and be saved. During life, God waits to be gracious, and is willing to show mercy unto us. But, as life is so brief and so uncertain, and as eternity is so solemn, and may be so near--it behooves us to seize the present moment, and at once make our calling and election sure.

If on any point we should seek certainty, and be determined never to rest satisfied without it--it should be on this: the salvation of the soul. We ought not to eat with pleasure, or sleep with comfort--unless we first know that we are saved in the Lord, with an everlasting salvation.

If the thread of life should suddenly break, if the lamp of life should be unexpectedly extinguished, and if our souls are not saved--how fearful would be the consequences! Let us then make sure work for eternity, and give all diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end. Certainty may be obtained. Pardon may be enjoyed. The witness of the Spirit may be acquired. You may be sealed unto the day of redemption.

So trifle not, delay not--but at once seek, and seek until you obtain, the kingdom of God, which is righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

"How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble! We blossom like a flower and then wither. Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear!" Job 14:1-2