Today is the day…
May 6th, 2019
When you consider humanity in the context of what God has created in us. The realization of the span of our fleshly lifetime is nothing more than a brief vapor trail.
In Genesis we read the creation account and while many will attempt to fit that account into what the world theorizes happened ‘In the beginning’, we do an injustice to our faith to attempt such a thing.
Not to conclude that God can and did create everything in what we consider six 24-hour days, denies the power, authority, and the magnificent capabilities of God.
If his act of creating everything we can experience, in six short days wasn’t amazing enough, our creation was even a greater act of the will of God.
Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.
Genesis 2:7 (CSB)
Unlike the other things that God had created in this six-day period, when God endeavored in the of making man and woman, he crafted with his hands from the resources he had spoken into being.
Have you ever stopped to consider the intimacy of this verses saying a word and there was man, done deal? There was intent there even greater than that which was present when with his lips he spoke the universe into existence.
Then after forming them with his hands he breathed life into his creation. God giving life is not unique to man.
All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.
John 1:3 (CSB)
There isn’t anything living that can’t attribute its life to the Lords direct involvement in the presence of that life.
He is before all things, and by him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:17 (CSB)
Not only is the life in every living thing attributed to God, but it is he that holds all things together in a cohesive animated mass.
God did one thing which is unique in creation for humanity, “and the man became a living being.”
If we aren’t paying attention, we might misconstrue this as nothing more than a clarification that God was animating these objects he had created. It was so much more than that!
He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but no one can discover the work God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (CSB)
With that Breath of Life, God did more than just bring these creations to life he had crafted with his own hands. He went beyond that to place eternity in us.
While the body we are given may cease to function, our loved ones mourn their loss, and we are returned to the dirt where that corpse is subject to decay, we exist in eternity beyond the grave.
All of us
We have a short time in the flesh to determine where we will exist in eternity.
Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring — what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes.
James 4:14 (CSB)
God in his love for us provisioned a means by which we can be redeemed from our lost condition.
Sin separates us from fellowship with God. That original sin of Adam in the garden resulted in this separation. God defines death in different terms than we do from our perspective. We see the physical life we live right now as living, but this alone is not living at all.
Life from the perspective of the Almighty is to have a union with him and exist in his presence. That separation from God is, in fact, real death.
Prior to the establishment of a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, we are in God’s perspective dead. If we understand our condition and the opportunity that God has provisioned for us through his son, we would realize that without availing ourselves of that opportunity, called Grace, we would remain dead in our sin.
It is only when each of us realizes that we are dead in our sin and the God has made a way of imputing life in us, that we do more than exist; we become alive.
The tragic thing is we become lulled into a false sense of security. Because of our perspective of what life is, we rarely comprehend the urgency that comes from frailty and brief vapor that is our existence on this earth.
If we do not afford ourselves of the Grace that is provisioned for us, prior to that vapor dissipating, we will remain dead in our sins and eternally in eternal septation from God, and all which he desires to bestow upon us.
And just as it is appointed for people to die once — and after this, judgment — so also Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Hebrews 9:27-28 (CSB)
We’ve got but one shot at securing real life. A life that is everlasting just as we have been created to be. If we fail to take advantage of the Grace Jesus offers us, we will exist in death forever. On the other hand, if we do, then we have life with him forever, starting the very second we surrender our existence to him.
Yesterday I was reading an article regarding a young man in his early 20s that had just died in a vehicle crash three days ago. I don’t know the young man. I can’t tell you if he was following Jesus or if he had failed to recognize the one who created him as the one who could and has provided a means to live beyond the grave. But he’s made that transition. He exists now outside of our time and space, either in the presence of the Lord or in the agony that is eternal separation from all that is good and all that is hope.
No choice is a choice
Brothers and sisters, if you have given your life to Jesus and are resting in his Grace even now; stop resting!
Every minute those entrapped by death are facing eternity without God. We are too comfortable; it is too convenient to be lulled in to a state of apathy for the eternal existence of those around us.
Each and every person we interact with, each person we meet is a divine encounter which we can either consider as such and use to the best of our ability to present the Gospel of the LIVING Christ, or we can ignore and go on about our business, neglecting the urgency of the moment.
Every man, woman and child have a choice to make. The default position is death, and that death becomes eternal when their time here is finished. Therefore, not to choose life eternal with Jesus is a choice in itself. By not choosing they choose death.
How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. But not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message? So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.
Romans 10:14-17 (CSB)
We, you and I have been charged with being the messengers. It’s not your pastor, not the evangelist that visits your church and doesn’t fall to only the leaders in your church. If that grace has been imparted to us and God has given us life eternal through that grace, it is our charge to be that light in the darkness.
We are the preachers; the time is no before these before us, are “Vaporized” into eternity.
How will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? This salvation had its beginning when it was spoken of by the Lord, and it was confirmed to us by those who heard him.
Hebrews 2:3 (CSB)
God’s grace is great, and it’s provided freely for those who make that choice to yield to the author of life. We are the messengers. We are the workers in the fields of harvest. We need to gather that harvest before it is “Vaporized”.
In the Grace of Jesus!