Just a Vapor

“You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
James 4:14, NASB

large_6345105963Death has been lurking around every corner these past couple of weeks. My beloved sister-in-law, a friend’s mother, a stranger who passed us on the highway, those shot down in the Malaysian airplane … all of them recently came face to face with death. While this topic can depress and frighten us, we live with the reality that death remains a natural part of life. None of us are exempt. Which leads me to contemplate…

If I’m just a vapor wisping through the atmosphere—here one moment, gone the next—what am I doing that really matters?

Yet JUST NOW realization dawns upon me: It’s not the doing, but the being that’s so critical.

“More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…” Phil. 3:8

Years ago a Bible study friend presented the thought of being vs. doing, and I’ve never forgotten her wise words. In order to do anything of value in this life, I must first BE enamored with Christ. Who He is, what He’s done, what He’s doing and will do should fill my horizon. Truths about God Almighty should both create hunger and produce satisfaction within me. Gazing on His immense beauty, knowing Him—BEING with Him—will absolutely change me. From that state of being, God will reveal what activities I should undertake for His glory.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (Jn. 8:12) 

And we are just a vapor—unseen, yet made visible in the light of Christ. 

Life only contains purpose with Christ.

“And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.” Jn. 17:3

Dear friend, do you know Him?


Note: I’d like to give special thanks to my friends and fellow bloggers, Heather Halbert, Jeanne Doyon, and Andy Lee, whose recent posts have presented truths that God partially used to inspire today’s devotion. I love how He highlights specific lessons in a variety of ways, including my reading this morning of Streams in the Desert, by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman.

Much love to each of you in Christ,



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Jesus Sent Them in Teams

“The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit.” 
Luke 10:1 (NLT)

day 3jesus teamsWhen Jesus gave His disciples a task, He always sent them in pairs or teams. He did this because two witnesses are more reliable than one. Of course, He may have also been thinking about the power found in a shared ministry and the added impact when two or more people work together towards a common goal. There is so much power and potential found in a group of Christians working alongside each other, contributing their unique gifts, and acting like the body of Christ. This is why it is so important for us to be plugged into a biblically grounded local church body. As we commit to live our lives on mission for Christ, we will need the encouragement and support of other fellow believers to help refuel and recharge our spiritual batteries.

Today, spend some time praying for your fellow believers. Pray that God will continue to equip His church and unite us together with a common goal of glorifying Christ and sharing His love with the world.



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Jesus Chose

“The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit.”

Luke 10:1  (NLT)

Acandidate-01, Jesus Choses disciples we have been chosen to be the hands and feet of Christ. From this passage in Luke, we see Jesus choosing seventy-two disciples to send ahead. These are regular people, whose names are not even mentioned. However, God chose to use them in a mighty way for His glory.

God has called each of us, regular followers, to be salt and light in a dark and dying world. Today, pray that we will live in a way that is worthy of the calling we have been given, and that everything we say and do will bring Him glory and honor.




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