Some of you say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to some city. We will stay there a year, do business, and make money.” Listen, think about this:You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Your life is like a fog. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away. So you should say, “If the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that.” James 4: 13-15
A story is told of a young man who put a marble in a jar for every week that he thought he had remaining in life. At the end of each week, he reviewed what he had done and threw away one marble. One day, as an old man, he threw away the last marble. The years had melted away like winter snow! Looking back over his life, he could see how God had used the events of his life to bring about spiritual growth. He could see how God had placed him in situations where the events that had shaped his life also gave him the ability to serve God by serving others. Still in good health, he considered all the rest of his life as a bonus gift from God. Like Paul, he resolved to press on toward the prize promised in the life above through Christ.
All of us who are mature Christians should be pressing toward that goal. Each day should be fruitful. Merely working for wealth is nothing, for if we merely go about collecting things, we don’t know who will use them or how they will use them when we are gone. Our hope is in the Lord. He alone is our security. Our work should be His work.