Little Orphan Annie sang a song about tomorrow. “Tomorrow tomorrow, I’ll love ya tomorrow, you’re only a day away.” This seems so fun, light and innocent, and it is, but there is a small passage of Scripture that talks about tomorrow. This small Easter egg is found in the book of James. The Epistle of James was written (more than likely) by James, the brother of Jesus. This is a hard hitting book that reads more like a passionate sermon than a first century letter. James brings some serious illustrations that explain some big aspects of truth. James takes on testing faith, treating everyone the same, taming the tongue, worldliness, warning the rich, patience in suffering and of course the most famous from the book of James, faith without works being dead. But there is a four verse tidbit thrown into the middle of all of this that doesn’t seem to fit. But this four verse passage is such a huge part of living the Christian life.
The four verse tidbit is found in chapter four verses thirteen though seventeen. This passage says this, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” How awesome is this little bit. There are two different ways that we need to look at this passage. This first is the more obvious one, and that idea is that tomorrow is not guaranteed. Today could be it. At any point our time on earth could end. A grave medical event, a fatal accident, or a freak accident could end our lives in a heartbeat. The moral of this would be to live everyday like it is our last, don’t put off important things to the next day, and take nothing for granted. If today was your last day on earth, who would you go out of your way to say, “I love you,” would there be last minute things to tell, or would there be some one that you needed to tell about Jesus.
The other way to look at this passage is with eternity in the equation. James says that our lives are just a mist that appears and then is gone. This is a perfect way to view our lives in the scope of eternity. But here is the thing, if you are a follower of Christ then you should always be looking at life within the scope of eternity. As Christians we should have a long-term view of existence. The way we handle daily life, the decisions we make should all fit into the plan of eternity. As Christians with the promise of eternal life with God in heaven we should be focused on that. At the bottom of this blog is a link to a youtube clip with Francis Chan talking about this topic, enjoy.
Until next time, God Bless