If the past 5,000 years of history were 12 hours of daylight, your lifetime would be about 13 minutes if you lived to the age of 90. We are here on this earth for a very short period of time. The stuff we collect eventually amounts to nothing. It is often sold in an estate sale for pennies on the dollar or inherited by someone with little appreciation for it.
So that leaves us two choices. Believe this life is all there is to it, therefore live it up and go for the gusto, because none of it matters anyway. Or believe that God created us for a purpose, that is, to live with him forever, therefore what we do with his offer of salvation through Jesus Christ is the most important thing in life.
In Bible times, folks in Palestine could wake to emerald grass and delicate wildflowers kissing the morning dew. But the burning east wind of the Syrian Desert would lick up the dew and by midday the blast of scorching wind left only parched blighted ground. The flower of the morning could only be used for fuel for the clay communal ovens in the afternoon.
The Bible writer James said, “For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.” (James 1:11 ESV)
So James instructs us to ask God for wisdom. And what wisdom does he offer as an example? He says that riches in this world should remind us to be humble, for those things will not last long, so we should put no trust in them. Rather we should wisely seek spiritual riches that will last forever.
What on earth are you here for anyway? That’s a wise question to ask!
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5 ESV)
The pursuit of wisdom begins not with a principle or proposition, but with a person. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” So in order to be wise, you must start with Jesus. Do you have a faith that works?
Want to know more? This Sunday at 9am, Pastor Denny will continue the series, “A Faith that Works.” Find messages at BalboaBaptist.Church, click “Media.” Our mission is to bring all people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and help them grow toward Christian maturity. Contact Pastor Denny at firstname.lastname@example.org.