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Summary: We must make the most for God with out of our time on earth.

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Focus Passage: James 4:13-17

Supplemental Passage: There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven-- A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NASB)

Psalm 90:10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.

Introduction: The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it. (Richard L. Evans, Bits & Pieces, March 4, 1993, p. 2.)

I. Pursuit of Riches

a. Rich Young Ruler - When Jesus heard this, He said to him, "One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. Luke 18:22-23

b. Luke 12:34 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

II. Pursuit of Pleasure

a. Prodigal Son - "And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. Luke 15:13

b. Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

III. Pursuit of God

a. Ecclesiastes 12:13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.

b. Mat 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Invitation:

Someone has calculated how a typical lifespan of 70 years is spent. Here is the estimate:

Sleep................23 years...........32.9%

Work.................16 years...........22.8%

TV....................8 years...........11.4%

Eating................6 years............8.6%

Travel................6 years............8.6%

Leisure.............4.5 years............6.5%

Illness...............4 years............5.7%

Dressing..............2 years............2.8%

Religion............0.5 years............0.7%

Total................70 years............100%

Our Daily Bread, November 25, 1992.

Like leaves on trees the race of man is found,

Now green in youth, now withering on the ground

Another race the following spring supplies;

They fall successive, and successive rise.

So generations in their course decay;

So flourish these, when those are pass’d away.

(Pope)


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