Wasted Lives

July 18, 2015

                                           Wasted Lives

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:7-8).

It is unfortunate that many who profess to be Christians are wasting their lives. It is what we expect of unbelievers, but not of the people of God.

It is a waste in two ways. The world is not benefiting from what those Christians have to offer it. If they are truly born again Christians, they have a God given talent they could be using. Matthew 5:13 says that Christians are, “the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” II Corinthians 2:14-15 says that Christians should be a sweet smelling fragrance to those around them. “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish.” That means that those around us, when they observe our sweet disposition and joy in life, should realize that we have something they need. However, if we are just living to enjoy life, we are just doing what everyone else is doing.

The Christian also is suffering loss. Jesus said “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” If we aren’t giving what we have to give, we can’t expect to get what we stand to get. God has given gifts (talents) to those who are truly his. They have something to give. If they aren’t giving, they aren’t enjoying a fruitful life. They aren’t getting all that life has to offer them. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Another loss to them will be the rewards they could be laying up in heaven.

There will be a time when every believer will regret it if he wasted his life. There is no way to recover the hours, days, even years we have wasted. In the end, our life will be a sad story of what could have been. We always find time for what we enjoy doing, and think we don’t have time for what we should be doing.

It is sad to think of believers who are wasting their lives. Many times they are Christians who have gifts like singing, playing a musical instrument, teaching, even preaching. They are depriving their churches and fellow believers from benefiting from what they have to offer them. They aren’t willing to leave their comfort zone to serve others. The day will come when they will have to answer to God for the way they lived. The comforts of life are nothing in comparison to the eternal rewards that we can be laying up in heaven. I Corinthians 2:9 says, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

There is a wise saying that says, “Only one life. Twill soon be passed. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” At the end of life it is a satisfaction to be able to look back and think of the good we have done. It isn’t for us to glory in what we have done, but it is a satisfaction if we don’t have to lament the fact that we have wasted our life instead of investing it. What a thrill it will be if, when we get to heaven, we hear Crist say “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Another joy we will have in heaven will be the joy of meeting people we have helped in life and be praised by them.

If you have been wasting your life it doesn’t do any good to cry about what you have lost. There is still time to surrender your life to God and let him pick up the broken pieces and put them back together in such a way that you can make the best of the time remaining. Don’t go on wasting your life. It’s your decision.

If you have questions or comments we would be happy to receive them.  Our E-mail address is: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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