Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor
September 9, 2007
Be careful how you live. The psalmist taught the same thing (Psa 90:12 NIV) Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.) The song, O Zion, Haste, because life is short. The world is changing each day. Thousands of people in todays world wont be in tomorrows. No wonder Solomon urged people to turn to God in their youth (Eccl 12:1 NIV) Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, "I find no pleasure in them"--).
Be wise in your choices. The wise person lives each day as if it might be the Last. It could be (James 4:13 NIV) Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.").
Do not be foolish. The short-sighted person thinks only of the here and now. The wise man uses life to build for eternity (Mat NIV) "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24).
Understand the will of the Lord. There is time for everything essential in life (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). John Wesley said, Never be employed by trifles. While we dont have to be at church eight hours every day, neither do we need to spend two hours every day watching television. Jesus gave us the guideline for our priorities (Mat NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.) Only one life, twill soon be past; only whats done for Christ will last.
Be careful how you live. Paul gives similar guidance to the (
4:5 NIV) Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.) A. T. Robertson observed, Every occasion is an open market of opportunity for Christ. Lost time is lost forever. Time is a test of character, an arbiter of destiny. For this reason, we must live lives consistent with what we profess. Col
Be filled with the Spirit. The believer shows by his actions that he has Gods Holy Spirit within
(1 Tim NIV) Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.)
Paul reminded young Timothy to watch both his life and doctrine closely (1 Tim NIV) Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.) By Christlike living, we redeem the time.
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