what the Bible says about the brevity of life

What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
James 4:14

James wasn’t saying that your life is worthless or of no consequence, as the rest of the book of James and the Bible tells us plainly that life is highly valued and it has eternal consequence.  Compared to eternity, though, our life is a flash in the pan that is over very quickly.  If you’ve ever forgotten or doubted the frailty and brevity of the human life, spending some time in a hospital Emergency Room, like I did last night, should cure that tendency in a hurry.  Don’t waste the one, short life that God has given you.

Don’t Waste Your Life


  1. By far one of the most important topics we as Christians can grasp (next to God’s sovereignty and our Identity in Christ)! This world isn’t permanent! We are passing through and we shouldn’t be ensnared by it!

  2. D. A. Carson wrote once, (I think it was in his brief commentary on Philippians), that a major theme of the New Testament is how to live in the light of death and the final judgment.