Fleeting, passing quickly, brief. Like a fleeting emotion or thought. Blink of the eye and the moment has passed.
1 Corinthians 15:51-53 – “(51) But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! (52) It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. (53) For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.”
It is important for us to remember that this world is a temporary place. We are eternal beings and the goal for believers is eternity with Christ. While we are not to forsake what Christ called us to do here, speak the Gospel, we need to hold on to the hope of our faith. The Bible speaks about the futility of believing for only this world. And considering current political events, futility puts it mildly. Hearts are heavy because of what is going on the world today. We should be concerned, But, this too shall pass. Believers who hold on to the hope in Christ, pray for the salvation of others and focus on showing the love of Christ to others are more likely to move the mountains we need to see moved before Christ does return.
It behooves us to consider that we could also leave this place in a fleeting moment. Drunk driver, mass shooting, or any other human disaster caused by those who feel hopeless can be decreased by those who move mountains. Have you ever had a moment when someone came to your heart? You weren’t sure why. You haven’t seen them for a long time, haven’t heard from them either. These are some of the fleeting moments when we need to pray for others. When we are in the right place regarding our fellowship with God, He does by the power of the Holy Spirit bring those moments to move mountains. I am eternally grateful for the moments that God has given me.
I remember being in Hollywood, CA rushing to complete my errands. A homeless man asked me to buy him food. I was so engrossed in taking care of “my business” that I just shook my head “no.” I moved up the boulevard about a minute and stopped. I know that my heart wasn’t right for refusing to help this person. I had it to give. I turned around and within that minute, literally a couple blinks of the eye, the homeless man was already eating some food. The Holy Spirit reminded me at that point that should we choose not to be obedient, there are those who will. I stood on Hollywood Blvd. with tears in my eyes because I had missed a moment to be useful to God. It was a feeling (though fleeting) that I will never forget because the impact changed my life. Everyone will not have the exact same experience but I am sure you can recall moments when what should have been done wasn’t and the moment was gone quickly.
The thought process here is to be reminded of who we are in Christ. There are things that obviously need to be taken care of here on earth but our time here is fleeting…
4 thoughts on “Fleeting…This Life”
The description of your experience with the homeless man is a great perspective gainer. I’ve had many of those moments. And I’ve reached the conclusion that helping the poor (or just those in need) is as much or possibly more about the giver than the recipient. Yes, the recipient is blessed, but what God is after is the heart–the heart of the giver (or the one who turns away). I think giving to those in need reflects Christ’s service to and sacrifice for us, the “unworthy.” He died for the unworthy, those dead in their sins. We are called to serve and to love others with Christ as our model. So in those moments you describe, it’s not all about the recipient. They are moments that reveal the heart of the believer. Is it generous and gracious? Is it tight-fisted? Is it judgmental? A recurring moment for me is a homeless person asking for money (happens nearly daily where I work), and I reach in my pocket for my wallet. As I open it and I scan the bills, my thoughts become tight-fisted, wanting to give $1 instead of $5, or $5 instead of a $10. I have caught myself several times reaching for the smaller bills and either switched to the higher bills or given it all. God doesn’t care about the amount, but in those moments I felt stingy, which bothered me. I didn’t have to give more or all, but because my mind told me to give less, my heart convicted me. Moments of conscience. They teach us a lot about our walk with God. Thanks for your excellent post!
I have to say that was definitely God showing me the condition of my own heart. While it wasn’t that I didn’t want to help, it showed me how serious we are about our relationship with Him. Do we really put Him and His will for our lives first? Or, are we too consumed with our own to be obedient?