Summary: Time is a blessing, but how will we use it?
• SLIDE #1
• What is one thing that we all possess no matter where we live, how are doing economically. So long as we are alive, we possess this blessing.
• Time. Time is something we cannot beg, borrow, or steal from others.
• Time is a blessing we all possess; the question is what will we do with the great blessing of time that we all possess?
• What are some things you can do with time?
• One can use it wisely, one can use it foolishly.
• One could use their time efficiently, or one could run out the clock and watch their time fade away.
• One could spend their time seeking to live out God’s will, or they could live foolishly.
• One could also waste their time.
• David Cassidy who was a heartthrob for many young ladies in the 1970’s from the show the Partridge family died on November 21, he was 67. He died from complications from dementia from what I have read.
• It has been reported in several places that David’s daughter Katie shared David’s last words.
• Here is a quote from Katie Cassidy.
• “Words can’t express the solace our family’s received from all the love & support during this trying time. My father’s last words were ‘So much wasted time,'” Cassidy’s daughter, “Arrow” star Katie Cassidy, tweeted Friday. “This will be a daily reminder for me to share my gratitude with those I love as to never waste another minute….thank you.” https://pagesix.com/2017/11/24/david-cassidys-daughter-katie-reveals-his-sad-last-words/
• When I read that quote, a blanket of sadness engulfed my heart. I would hope my last words would go nowhere close to that.
• It is a sad commentary on one’s life to feel like so much time is wasted.
• Today I want us to consider a passage in James 4:13-15.
• James was the brother of Jesus who became a pillar of the early Church.
• In the 4th chapter of his book, James Is seeking to get his readers to consider where they are with Jesus.
• He is offering ways in which one can ascertain whether they acknowledge and are really under the Lordship of Jesus.
• This the passage we will look at together, James is talking about how one chooses to live life.
• The key passage in this section that I built this message on is the thought found in later part of verse 14 in which James says, “For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes”
• This comment goes to the thought that the time we have is short and is a blessing.
• Ultimately each one of us will have to determine what we will do with the blessing of time we possess.
• Let’s start with verse 13.
• SLIDE #2
• James 4:13 (CSB) Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.”
• SLIDE #3
I. Where does God fit?
• It is one thing to say we belong to Jesus, but is another thing to live that out in real life.
• James offers a real-life scenario where he speaks of a business person who is has made some plans for his immediate future.
• The phrase COME NOW is only used in this verse and James 5:1, the phrase is a vigorous form of address that serves to attract attention!