There were a number of things running through my mind when I chose a name for this blog. “Who Am I?” is the title of a song by Casting Crowns, but I didn’t choose that as the title of my blog because of any particular affinity I have for the group or the song, although I like the lyrics.
Primarily, I chose it because it expresses a couple of things I think we all feel at one time or another–(1) the brevity of our lives, and (2) our apparent insignificance in universe so vast. It’s important for us to keep our lives, and all the things that we think are important, in perspective.
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. (James 4:13-14)
As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more. (Psalm 103:15-16)
In sharp contrast to the brevity of our lives, God’s word endures forever:
A voice says, “Cry!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:6-8)
Those who are wise live in constant awareness of their mortality…
It is better to go to the house of mourning
than to go to the house of feasting,
for this is the end of all mankind,
and the living will lay it to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter,
for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. (Ecclesiastes 7:2-4)
…and in constant awareness of a coming day of judgment.
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13) …it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
Life is short. Death and judgment are certain. I heard a radio announcer say this morning, “This is your life. You can spend it any way you want, but you can only spend it once.” That’s true. And knowing that, there is only one wise way to spend our lives–for Christ, rather than for ourselves.
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
All other paths lead to eternal destruction.