Monday, December 26, 2011

A New Year: How Much Time Do You Have Time (Part Three)

3. The Misuse of Time
 
The Lord Jesus Christ issued a warning to anyone who is covetous. He said in (Luke 12:15) “Take heed, and beware of covetousness, for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesses”. He continued to speak a parable about a certain rich man who had ground that brought forth plentifully. The man became totally preoccupied with his success, his wealth and possessions and his desire to accumulate more and more.  The plan of the rich man is recorded in (Luke12:19) “I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years, take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry”. In verse 20, we have God’s response to the retirement plan of the rich man. “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee, then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided”?  The rich man had his future all planned, but God said that for him, there was no future.  By not preparing for eternity the man had misused and wasted his time.  The world measures men by their bank account.  In the eyes of man’s fellowman, success or greatness is measured in proportion to a man's ability to gather wealth.  Have you been misusing your time?  Do your plans end at the grave? Have you been preoccupied with obtaining material possessions while neglecting the eternal well being of your soul?  God says in His Word, (Mark 8:36) “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul”?  Did you know that you are in danger of losing your own soul?  God’s indictment of all humanity in general, and you individually, is found in His Word, in(Romans 3:10-23) “Both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin … There is none righteous no, not one.  There is none that that understandeth; there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good no not one … For there is no difference, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”.  There is no difference in the spiritual condition of all men by nature.  All humanity comes into this world by means of a physical birth and all are possessed of a sinful nature.  Over time, all become sinners by practice.  All are guilty, lost and helpless to save themselves. Dear reader, have you ever acknowledged your sinful condition before God?  Have you repented of your sins?  Have you ever trusted Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior?  The Word of God is very clear as to the danger of all who have not trusted Christ as their own Savior.  To reject Him is to die in your sins, and to die in this condition is to be lost eternally. God has provided a way of escape in the Person of His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  This leads us to another important “time” revealed in the Bible.  It is called;
 

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