To Him It Is Sin

To Him It Is Sin

James 4:13-17, “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it sin.”

It is the presumptuous sin of the Christian to boast about tomorrow.  James said that the boasting of one who says they will do this or that while leaving God out of their plans is evil.  What we ought to know is that our life is short.  It is as a vapour the Lord says.  All of the plans we lay out for ourselves can be changed in a moment; in a twinkling of an eye…the Lord and time have a way of changing our agendas.

What we ought to say is…if the Lord wills we will do this or that.  I don’t know how many times I have counseled people who have completely left God out of their decisions.  I don’t believe that the Lord wants us to fail to prepare for tomorrow, but we must never presume upon tomorrow.  If God gives us another day to serve Him, then we will have another day to accomplish His will.

What we ought to do…is the good He has instructed us to do.  Armed with the knowledge that God doesn’t want us to presume upon tomorrow, and that we are to acknowledge Him and His will for our lives, our failure to do so is sin.  Let us all understand the brevity of life and stay focused upon God’s plan for it.

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