Summary: How to live an abundant & fruitful life.
“How to Live until you Die”
FROM TIME TO TIME I LISTEN TO COUNTRY MUSIC! I HAVE DISCOVERED THAT COUNTRY MUSIC CAN BE VERY PROFOUND IN ITS MESSAGE!
FOR EXAMPLE...LISTEN TO THE TITLE’S OF A FEW COUNTRY MUSIC SONGS:
- His Teeth Was Stained, But His Heart Was Pure
- How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?
- I Still Miss You, Baby, But My Aim’s Gettin’ Better
- Mama Get A Hammer (There’s A Fly On Papa’s Head)
- My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend, And I Sure Do Miss Him
- You’re The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly
I ONCE HEARD A COUNTRY SONG THAT SAID... “I JUST WANT TO LIVE UNTIL I DIE”
WHEN I HEARD THAT SONG I LAUGHT OUT LOUD BUT THEN I BEGAN TO THINK ABOUT IT.... “I WANT TO LIVE UNTIL I DIE” AND IT DAWNED ON ME SO DO I.
I WANT TO EXPERIENCE LIFE...ENJOY LIFE....LIVE EACH & EVERY DAY TO ITS FULLEST!
UNFORTUNATELY MANY JUST ENDURE LIFE:
• SOME DREAD LIFE
• MANY JUST ENDURE LIFE GO W/ THE FLOW
• OTHERS TRY TO ESCAPE LIFE
BUT WHY NOT LIVE LIFE...... UNTIL YOU DIE?
THIS MORNING I WANT TO ASK YOU SOME QUESTIONS....
• HOW DO YOU APPROACH LIFE
• WHAT IS YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE
• DO YOU DREAD...ENDURE....ESCAPE or LIVE LIFE
THE REASON I ASK IS THAT PAUL TELLS US IN EPHESIANS 5 TO BE VERY CAREFUL HOW WE LIVE.....
15Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
IN 2004, WHY NOT LIVE LIFE..... ENJOY LIFE....EXPERIENCE LIFE...WHY NOT LIVE EACH DAY TO ITS FULLEST!
WHY DON’T YOU LIVE UNTIL YOU DIE?
IN ORDER TO DO THAT THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND!
I. LIFE IS VERY SHORT: v-15
Be very careful, then, how you live
PAUL CERTAINLY UNDERSTOOD THE BREVITY OF LIFE! THEREFORE HE LIVED IN SUCH A WAY THAT HIS LIFE WOULD COUNT FOR SOMETHING!
IN OTHER WORDS..... HE DID’NT WASTE LIFE BUT EMBRACED LIFE & IN THE PROCESS MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR GOD’S GLORY!
MY FRIEND, LISTEN TO ME...LIFE IS VERY,VERY SHORT!
The Psalmist wrote, Psalm 39:4
"Show me, O Lord, my life’s end & the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life"
"The length of our days is 70 years - or 80, if we have the strength...they quickly pass, & we fly away"
QUOTE: Benjamin Franklin “Don’t waste time, it the stuff of which life is made”
ILLUSTRATION: A man went to his doctor to find out why he had been having such severe headaches. The doctor ran some tests and after a few hours called the man into his office. "I have terrible news," he told the patient. "Your condition is terminal." "Oh, no!? the man cried. "How long do I have?" "Ten ..." began the doctor. "Ten what?" the patient interrupted. "Days? Months? Years?" "Nine," continued the doctor, "eight, seven, six ..."
LIFE IS VERY SHORT....Some folks save it, others make it, most waste it, several kill it, and a few actually are on it.
Many try to manage it and end up losing it. Time is a taker. Once past, it never returns. How it’s spent determines the satisfaction & significance of life.
MY FRIEND, GET OFF THE COUCH...TURN OFF THE TV....PUT THE NEWS PAPER DOWN & LIVE LIFE....LIVE UNTIL YOU DIE! Life is very short!!!
II. MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY: v-16
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
AS YOU READ GOD’S WORD YOU’LL DISCOVER THAT PAUL MADE THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY!
• HE PREACHED THE GOSPEL
• PLANTED CHURCHES
• MINISTER TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS
HE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY HE MADE A DIFFERNECE....HE LIVED W/ NO REGERTS!!!
SCRIPTURE TELLS US TO DO THE SAME:
Now 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." Why, 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.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
MY FRIEND, TOMORROW IS NOT GUARANTEED.... SATAN IS A THIEF....ONE OF THE THINGS HE TRIES TO STEEL FROM US IS TIME BECAUSE TIME IS VERY PERCIOUS!
ILLSTRATION: Dr. Richard Swenson, wrote a book & in it he talks about the problem of overload. He says that people deal with anxiety & stress due to “overload”.
1. We’re overloaded with commitments.
2. We’re also overloaded with possessions,