WHAT IS YOUR LIFE?
Bible describes life as a sacred gift from heaven to honor
the Creator and prepare us for eternity.
book of James has been called the gospel of practicality
because it contains so many truths of everyday value. One
of the dangers of which James warns is the pursuit of material
interests to the exclusion of the Lord’s will (cf. 4:13-17).
that discussion the inspired writer asks: “What is your
life?” In the immediate context James addresses the matter
in terms of life’s brevity. Human life is like a vapor
that appears momentarily and then is gone.
biblical writers have employed similar figures to emphasize
how very fleeting our earthly existence is. Our lives are:
a shadow (1 Chron. 29:15)
than a weaver’s shuttle (Job 7:6)
than a runner and quicker than an eagle diving after
prey (Job 9:25-26)
few days (Job 14:1)
a handbreadth (Psa. 39:5)
there are additional ways in which this query—“What is
your life?”—may be answered in principle.
his second missionary campaign, Paul came to the city of
Athens (Acts 17:16ff). When he beheld the metropolis brimming
with idols, he addressed the Grecians regarding the true
God. He argued that the one Deity is both the Creator and
the Sustainer of the Universe.
reference to this latter point, the apostle affirms that
God “gives to all life, and breath, and all things” (25).
It is thus clear that Scripture regards life as a gift
are several implications in this statement.
is initially apparent that life is not a mere biological
accident, as alleged by materialists. It’s source is God.
For decades scientists have been attempting to create life
in the laboratory and the results have been nil.
years ago, Prof. George Wald of Harvard wrote an article
on the origin of life, in which he conceded that “spontaneous
generation” (the accidental origin of life) is “impossible.” He
went on to affirm, however: “Yet here we are—as a result,
I believe, of spontaneous generation.”
did this prominent scientist adopt such an irrational view?
Because, as he honestly admitted, if the theory of spontaneous
generation is not accepted, the only remaining alternative
is “special creation.” And this, he said, we are “unwilling
to accept” (p. 46).
G. Simpson of Harvard acknowledged that the question of
the origin of life is “among the greatest of all evolutionary
problems” (p. 14). And so, the complexity of “life” is
an evidential tool that argues for the existence of a living
human life is a gift from God, then it is a sacred essence,
and no man has the arbitrary right to take it from another,
or to destroy it within himself. Murder has been wrong
since the beginning of time. Moses recorded:
“Whoso sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of
God made he man” (Gen. 9:6).
life is treated as a cheap commodity. Murderers multiply
while the justice system ignores this chaos. The destruction
of innocent human life by means of abortion is a national
disgrace, while politicians treat the issue as an oratorical
exercise. Suicide has reached epidemic proportions because
folks entertain the notion that “my life is my own, to
do with as I please.”
life is to be revered and treated as a sacred possession
from the Creator. For further discussion of these matters,
see “Courier Publications” for our book, Biblical Ethics & Modern
indicated above, many labor under the illusion that “life” is
a personal possession that one may do with as he wishes.
Clearly, that is not the case. Jehovah declared that, ultimately,
all souls belong to him (Ezek. 18:4). The Lord has the
sovereign right to dictate how human lives should be regulated.
Bible indicates that we were created for the purpose of
glorifying our Maker (Isa. 43:7). The whole purpose of
man’s existence is to reverence God and obey his commandments
(Eccl. 12:13). We ought to want to honor our Creator and
lovingly serve him.
person who does not acknowledge this truth lives as a rebel
and flaunts the very reason for his existence. How tragic
it is, though, that many use their lives in a vain, egotistical
fashion. Too many entertain the views of the infidel poet
William E. Henley, as expressed in his haughty composition “Invictus”: ”.
. . I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my
and Preparation for Eternity
wise person once said: “For we must needs die, and are
as water spilt upon the ground, which cannot be gathered
up again” (2 Sam. 14:14). Life is a period of preparation
recognized that life is but a sojourn that eventually leads
to the eternal beyond, and so he cast his eyes toward the
city that hath foundations, whose builder and maker is
God (Heb. 11:9-10). We would be wise ourselves to “walk
in the steps of that faith” which characterized Abraham
(cf. Rom. 4:12).
the Lord’s parable of the wise and foolish virgins, the
key element that separated the two groups was that of preparation.
Those prepared were received into the wedding feast; those
unprepared were not (Mt. 25:1-13). There is no reincarnation
whereby one can return to this planet to “get it right.” There
is no purgatory in which one can expiate his sins. There
is no baptism-for-the-dead by which the reward of obedience
can be transferred.
this life—is the time for preparation. What is your life?
Jackson, March, 2001
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