Life Is Like A Vapor by Daniel Rodgers

Life Is Like A Vapor
Dan Rodgers
James 4:14
Sunday, August 22, 2004

"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."

Psalm 39:5, "Behold, thou hast made my days as a handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity."

Psalm 103:15-16, "As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more."

Romans 13:11, "And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed."

Humor: Suppose for a moment you were like the man in the following story…

Mr. Jones, we will call him, wasn't feeling too well and went to see his doctor for a physical checkup. Shortly thereafter, He went back to see him for the results. The doctor said he had "bad news and worse news…which did he want to hear first?" The man was a bit puzzled and said he'd rather hear the bad news first. The doctor said, "The bad news is that you only have twenty-four hours to live."

At this the man jumped up, totally flabbergasted and distraught. He paced the doctor's office and complained, "Twenty-four hours to live? I can't believe it! How can I possibly get my affairs in order that quickly? I can't believe this, it is incredible! What could be worse news than this?"

The doctor said, "The worse news is that I was supposed to tell you yesterday but I forgot."1

That's a funny, little story, but there are some important lessons in it:

We never know when we might receive bad news
We don't have the promise of tomorrow
We should always have our affairs in order
We should live every day for Christ
We will all one day check out!

Quote: Ralph Washington Sockman (1889-1970) once said, "Time is the deposit each one has in the ban ...

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