1 Peter 1:24-25- For “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.The grass withers, and its flower falls away, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”[a]This is the word that was preached to you.
BREVITY=The word brief comes from the Latin brevis (short) that derives from the ancient Greek brahis (short). From the same root: briefing, briefly, brevity, briefcase, briefness. In modern Greek: a) brahis: short. b) brahitis: shortness,brevity shortness of time or duration.
Life is not only short but it is also full of unexpected and uncertainties. God is truly our only guaranteed hope now and in eternity.
Everyone of us must come to the reality that life is brief. Like a flower that blooms and then a short while later it withers.
The older we get, the closer we are to our death date. Even if we lived to be over 100 what are those years compared to eternity? We are born, we grow up, we work, get an education, careers, etc., we retire and then die. This is life one earth.
Preparation for life after earth starts NOW! Tomorrow is not guaranteed!
Think about those roses and flowers you bought just last week for your loved ones on Mother's Day. They last a few days, possibly a week and then they die. Life has the same expectancy.
We live our lives here on earth for a few short years and then we die. What we have done with the time allotted to us between our birth and death date is what really matters. WAS GOD IN IT? Did you include Him?
The Apostle James describes life as a vapor that appears for a little while and then it disappears. Think of a steam from a boiling pot that appears for a few seconds and then it disappears. This is what life here on earth is like.
God, through the Prophet Isaiah speaks about the brevity of life in the same manner in which He spoke it through the Apostle Peter in this text.
Let's listen to God through the Prophet Isaiah 40:6-8 A voice says, “Cry out.”And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
What are you doing with the short time that God has given you here on earth? How are you using your seconds, moments, hours, days and years here on earth?
As the grass withers and is just for a little while, so is life.
2 Peter 3:8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.
The good news on today is the fact that regardless of the brevity of life, those who have put their trust and hope is God will live on forever with God in heaven.
The most painful and grieved reality for humanity is the fact that human life is temporary and full of trouble, but, God through Christ Jesus has provided an eternal home by grace through faith for all who would believe. This home is a guaranteed place for God's people when the temporary life on this side is over.
People of God, in Christ Jesus you have a hope and a future.
The Apostle Paul declares "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."
Jesus Himself declares in John 14:3-When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
A reflection of how short our lives really are and the importance of making the greatest impact for God out of the short time that we have is not only of necessity but of life and death.
Reminder: it is the Word of God that endures forever. Everything else is temporary!
What are we doing with God's Word? Are we daily applying it to our lives? Are we sharing it with others? What are we doing with the Word of God? Even when life on this side is over, the Word of God will remain standing.
The Word of God is described this way in Hebrews 4:12- For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Ponder these words on today and keep them at the forefront of your mind from this day forward. "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
What you have read here on today is nothing new for this Word has been preached to you from the beginning.
Brevity of life! Now that you know the truth about life, how will you change from the way you were living to the way you should be living?
The life we live now determines where we will live in eternity.
Today is the day to "COME TO JESUS" for the saving of your soul for time here on earth is short lived.
Life is indeed uncertain. None of us knows if we will be alive even tomorrow. Man is on the earth for a short period of time.
Guess what? Everyday people die who thought they had years more to live.
Brevity! It is what life is here on earth. Let not your labor be in vain.Use wisely the time that God has given you to serve God through your service to others and to glorify and magnify God in the process of it all.
If you have been taking life for granted and thinking that you will be here forever, I can only hope and pray that what you read here on today would have changed your mind and cause help to purposed in your heart that in the short time that you have left here on earth you will dedicate it to serving God through your service to others. If so, your labor will not be in vain!
Brevity! Brief is our journey on earth. Here today and remembered tomorrow.
Brevity! God's description of man's life on earth.
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