Summary: What are you spending your life’s energy on? Are you wasting your energy? Are using the energy God has placed in your life for eternal things?
Series: Get Energized –
sermon: “Energy Conservation”
The subject of today is buzzing across the air waves of the world – We hear “Energy conservation” being discussed and debated.
Energy conservation means to reduce the quantity of energy that is used for different purposes. This practice may result in the increase of financial capital, environmental value, national and personal security, and human comfort.
Individuals and organizations that are direct consumers of energy may want to conserve energy in order to reduce energy costs and promote economic, political and environmental sustainability. Industrial and commercial users may want to increase efficiency and thus maximize profit.
On a larger scale, energy conservation is an important element of energy policy. In general, energy conservation reduces the energy consumption and energy demand per capita. This reduces the rise in energy costs, and can reduce the need for new power plants, and energy imports. The reduced energy demand can provide more flexibility in choosing the most preferred methods of energy production.
By reducing emissions, energy conservation is an important method to prevent climate change so we are told. Energy conservation makes it easier to replace non-renewable resources with renewable energy. Energy conservation is often the most economical solution to energy shortages.
So I want us to focus on “Energy conservation” today – the premise here is “How are you using the energy which God has given to you in your life?”
Thesis: What are you spending your life’s energy on? Are you wasting your energy? Are using the energy God has placed in your life for eternal things?
America is overtaxed in everything and they burn countless hours of time and energy on many temporal things in life with not eternal value.
Scripture Text: James 4:13-17
Boasting About Tomorrow
13Now 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.”
14Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
15Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
16As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.
17Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.
Life – yours and mine has been given energy by God – He placed within you the ability to do something with your life – he has given you energy to use for eternal things not temporal things in this life. He wants us to use our energy wisely. To invest it into eternity, to spend it on things that will count for eternity rather than to throw it away and spend it away on things that do not matter.
The Bible was given to us to make one point – We all have a relationship with God – and we need to choose to use our life for God and for the purpose of God.