Life is short. That's what 2018 taught me. I used to think that if I lived 80-90 years, I wouldn't think life is short, but that's simply not true. What's true is what the Bible says, "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 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" (James 4:13-14).
Some may read this and think, "Well pastor, that is discouraging." However, the opposite is true. When we realize that our life is short, we become more diligent to accomplish what really matters with great urgency. It also is comforting to know that when we face difficult seasons, hardship, loss, or persecution; all of these things are temporary. This good Word from the Lord forces us to think about the after-life. It forces us to consider the promises of God that He has given us a great gift of "eternal life." For example, Paul writes, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). The gift that has been given to you in Jesus is eternal life. If the Lord allowed us to roam for all eternity in brokenness, shame, pain, and sorrow, that would be discouraging. However, the Lord, by His grace, has promised us eternal life.
Our eternal life starts the moment we surrender to Christ. So temporarily, we wander in the world of sorrow, brokenness, and grief; however, we do not endure these things like the rest of the world. As 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 says, "But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep." Romans 8 informs us that we are more than conquerors of all these difficulties and that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So, life here is short. However, life with Him is eternal. Let's act with urgency here so more people may join in what is eternal. Praying that 2019 will be a year of blessing for you. On those difficult days of 2019, remember His grace, love, His presence, and eternity! Prayers and Blessings!