“Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.” -Ps. 144.4
“But I say this, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on…. those who use the world…. should not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away.” -1 Cor. 7.29a, 31
Over 150 years ago, a great Scottish pastor by the name of Robert Murray McCheyne told his congregation:
Life itself is vanishing fast. Make haste for eternity.
What are we hear for, saints? Why are we breathing? Why are we on the earth?
Because the American Gospel has been devoid of a true call to the cross, the devotion of those who profess the name of the Lord is by and large a hollow commitment. Our T.V.’s, cars, fashions, entertainments, and hobbies mean more to us than the Lord Himself, and it shows by what kind of money, time, and energy we are willing to invest in them.
We have a neatly packaged religion that gives us a lift a few times a week, but we have failed to realize that eternity is upon us. We need to re-evaluate our lives altogether. What are we really here for? Do our lives make sense in the light of eternity? The psalmist declared that “man is like a mere breath…”
The apostle Paul told us to make limited use of this world. He wanted the saints to be “free from concern” so that they could consecrate their lives to the Lord, and to His great purpose.
Is your life consecrated to the Lord? Do your time, money, and affections really belong to Him? Is your heart aglow with a love for Him, and a value for His ways? If not, you are tragically ill-prepared for eternity, and the truth remains that “life itself is vanishing fast.”
“Make haste for eternity,” friends. The Judge is at the door.