Don’t Waste Your Life

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people (His own special people), zealous of (for) good works.“

Titus 2:11-14

My close brother in the faith and I were preparing for a podcast episode that we planned to record after Sunday evening service. We had an evangelist preaching for the week, and he preached out of this passage which went along with the podcast theme. Evangelists typically have a different approach than pastors as they can set the congregation on fire and then leave and go on to the next place. Pastors will still challenge the congregation, but evangelists come out with both guns blazing.

The evangelist started speaking about the grace of God, and I was all ears and encouraged about God’s amazing grace. He then got into the other verses in the chapter, and as the Holy Spirit started to work on me, my “amens” turned into “oh mys”. He talked about ungodliness in ways I had not heard before, and I was cut to the heart. He spoke of how we sometimes jump out of bed and get busy with our day and don’t acknowledge the presence of almighty God. We go the whole day without praying or reading His word, and we end the day in an ungodly way. I was convicted about other areas of my life where I forget that my God is ever with me. I did not feel good about that part of the verse, but he did not stop there.

He continued with the worldly lusts, and he began to explain that this was not dealing with the things we often think of when it comes to worldly lusts. He preached on pursuing things that were not necessarily in and of themselves bad, but things that take us away from the things of God. I thought about my love for the Arizona State Sun Devils and sports in general. I thought about how I tried to reason within myself of even avoiding this service to watch the Super Bowl. I was convicted of how some of my priorities need to be realigned with the things of God, and how I need to pursue eternal things over temporal things. The evangelist mentioned a man who was on his team who had passed away at a young age, and who was heard saying, “Don’t waste your life.” Those words rang in my ears, and God began to search my heart and cause me to ask myself if I was wasting my life. Was I investing my time in His Word and in the souls of mankind? The soul never dies, and I have a duty to share the gospel and to disciple those who are believers.

I was convicted by these challenges, and I was also encouraged with the opportunities God has given me through the various ministries I am involved in. I was encouraged to live for God and to live in this present age as I look toward my real home. I often desire the temporal things of this world instead of longing for the appearing of my Lord and Savior. I want my life to count for eternity, and I want to be used of God and be what He created me to be. He created me for this particular time in life and for His purpose. I do not want to waste what He has given me by being distracted with ungodliness and worldly lusts.

Where are you today friend? Are you pursuing that which will not last? Are you pursuing things that may not be wicked, but they have become an idol in your life? What occupies your time the most? Where does your money go? Are you daily in the Word? Are you part of a local body of believers? Are you serving in the church He has called you to? Are you wasting your life? What legacy will you leave behind when you leave this temporal dwelling? May we not waste our life but may we live soberly, righteously and godly as we pass through our short time on this earth. As my aunt would say, “To God be the glory!”

Stay in the Fight!

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