Luke 12:15,“And (Yahshua) said to them,’Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses’.”, is the verse I read last night. That led me to James 4:14 – a verse I’d been pondering a few weeks back – “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time. And then vanisheth away.”
Life is so short – such a small vapor…a dash between the dates…in more unusual terms, a bubble. I watched thousands of them float up into the night sky at the last wedding I was at. Yes, life is like those bubbles…some pop prematurely like the little girl that drowned in the flood a couple weeks ago. Some last longer as my friend’s mom did and dissolve unexpectedly in mid air. And yet others soar high and are almost out of sight before they fade away.
They all have two things in common: one source – one being to breathe life into them; and one purpose in their minute existence – to please their maker (or bubble blower in this case. ).
Why is it so hard for we humans to see life in perspective with God’s plan?
Why do we waste our time trying to gain personal status, financial comforts, knowledge, stable jobs, a nicer car, cooler “toys”, money, money, money?
None of that – not a bit of it – counts in the Kingdom. Not one speck can be taken with us when our bubble pops.
So if our “abundant possessions” pop with our bubble, what’s left?
The absolutes, the right and wrongs, the standards we hold – will live on forever. There’s the people that you impact – and the people that you don’t. That’s what stays and makes a difference.
I always turn back to Ecclesiastes 12:13 – the conclusion of the whole matter:
“Fear Elohim, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
This “duty is paramount to all things else, it is second to nothing on earth.”
Sounds simple doesn’t it?
Keep His commandments.
Two laws to live by.
It’s our DUTY.