Summary: How often to we waste opportunities to make the most of our lives? This sermon deals with that question and uses an amusing story of a young soldier who seized the moment.
"Seize The Moment"
 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.
 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.
Today I have a story about Private Albert Hagan, a young soldier
and his commanding officer, Sergeant Richard Little.
It was Christmas time
and the Army had granted a 5 days leave to the soldiers..
so they could be with their families.
Private Hagan and Sergeant Little got on a train together.
The only seats available on the train...
were at the very back of the passenger car
and across from a very attractive young woman
who was traveling with her grandmother.
As they engaged in pleasant conversation,
Private Hagan and the young woman kept eyeing one another.
It was obvious that he was attracted to her...
And she was attracted to him.
Suddenly the bus went into a tunnel
and the passenger car became pitch black.
Private Hagan decided to "seize the moment".
Immediately two sounds were heard:
the "smack" of a kiss,
and the "whack" of a slap across the face.
The grandmother thought to herself:
"I can't believe he kissed my granddaughter,
but I'm glad she slapped him. He deserved it."
Let me ask you a question:
Are you living your life to the fullest?
Are you finding satisfaction in your life?
Or...do you sometimes think you are wasting your life?
Paul shows us 3 simple ways to live a more fulfilling life.
Point #1. Find Your Purpose.
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,  if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
If I were to ask, "What is your purpose in life?"
I would probably get several different answers.
"Be a good wife or husband"
"Be a good mother or father or grandma or grandpa"
"Do my job better"
"Be a good Christian"
Those answers would be good!
But they are all secondary purposes.
The question is what is your primary purpose in life?
What is your reason for living?
Let them praise the name of the LORD,
For He commanded and they were created.
Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him."
"You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created."
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Everything in creation
has a primary purpose, or a reason for existing.
Here is an expensive pen that is out of ink.
It may be pretty to look at!
But it is a failure as a pen.
It is not fulfilling its purpose.
It is practically useless.
WELL, every individual that God has created
has a primary purpose.
Paul stated his reason for living!
Paul is saying, "I want to know Christ so that I may be like Him."
Simply put, Paul's reason for living was to be like Jesus.
That is also to be our reason for living.
While the bus was in the dark tunnel...
There was the sound of a "smack" (kiss)
And the sound of "whack" (slap)