The infamous Ashley Madison tagline actually got it half right: life is short. In Scripture, the book of James puts it this way: “you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (4:14, ESV).
And, of course, if life is short and this life is all there is, then to prioritize personal pleasure regardless of the consequence might make sense. Even the Apostle Paul concluded: “If the dead are not raised, ‘Let us eat and drink [and make sexual appetites ultimate], for tomorrow we die” (1 Cor. 15:32).
But, if life is short and then comes accountability to God, then there is no wisdom in the unvarnished encouragement to break the seventh commandment. It is a dangerous non sequitur that, if heeded, dishonors God, diminishes our character, wounds those we love, and imperils our souls.
And Scripture does in fact say: “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Heb. 9.27). So, let’s modify the tagline.
Life is short, repent and believe. Jesus said, “unless you repent, you will all likewise perish (Luke 13:3). Jesus said: “whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life” (John 5:24).
Life is short, be holy. Empowered by his Spirit and guided by his Word, God calls us to be “pure and blameless . . . filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Phil. 1:10).
Life is short, build wise boundaries. Scripture says it “lacks sense” to put yourself in a place where temptation from the “forbidden woman” is sure to occur (Prov. 7:7). “Keep your way far from her,” the Bible says, “and do not go near the door of her house” (Prov. 5:8).
Life is short, invest in your marriage. Every marriage relationship needs nurture to be healthy and strong. Just such an opportunity will occur at Ingleside on Sunday night, September 13, at our “Fight Night” marriage event. Hundreds have already registered. Beverly and I plan to be there, and I hope you will too. More information and registration is here.
Life is short, be filled with grace and truth. Do you remember Jesus’ words in John 8:11 to the woman caught in adultery? When others were ready to stone her, he said, “Neither do I condemn you;” – that’s grace. And then he added: “go and from now on sin no more” – that’s truth. Like Jesus, be filled with both grace and truth.