Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Living Like You’re Dying
A. The word of God tells us not to plan on tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1).
1. Life is short (I Peter 1:24).
2. Average life expectancy, without the coming of Christ or life shortening events, is 70-80 [77.7 according to CDC - http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lifexpec.htm] years on earth (cf. Psalms 90:10).
3. We have to realize how frail we are (Psalms 39:4).
B. Even if you’re in perfect health, we’re still in the last days (Hebrews 1:1-2) expecting Jesus to come at any moment (II Peter 3:9-14).
1. The Lord expects to find us prepared when He returns (Matthew 25:1-13).
2. You’re supposed to be doing His will when He returns (Matthew 24:45-46).
II. Body: God tells us to live like today is the final day of our lives (James 4:13-15)! Therefore, there should be no difference in how you live today than if you were on your “deathbed”!!!!
A. Live like today is your last day with those whom you love (Luke 24:36-51).
1. Your last day with your brethren (I Peter 1:22).
2. Your last day with your family (Genesis 48:10-16).
a. Your last day with your mate, in an unselfish manner (Ephesians 5:25 and Titus 2:3-5).
i. Husbands/fathers (Genesis 18:18-19 and Joshua 24:15).
ii. Wives/mothers (Proverbs 14:1; 31:27).
b. Your last day with your children (Proverbs 19:18; Proverbs 22:6, and Ephesians 6:4).
c. Children, your last day with your parents (Proverbs 23:24).
d. In all of this, if today were your last day with your family, they’d still not come first (Matthew 10:37).
4. Live like your last day with those whom you love is not the last time you’ll see them because you’ve taught them right (Deuteronomy 4:9-10).
B. Live like today is your last day to get “your house in order” (cf. II Kings 20:1).
1. Your last day to right any wrongs you’ve done to others (Matthew 5:21-24 and Luke 19:1-8).
2. Your last day to right wrongs you’ve done to the Lord (Jonah 3:4-10 and II Corinthians 7:9-10).
3. Your last day to settle any unresolved matters in general (Ezekiel 33:14-16).
C. Live like you’re dying by preparing for the life hereafter (Psalms 90:12, Psalms 119:111-112, and Hebrews 11:7; 13:14).
1. Realize the certainty of Judgment and what that means (Matthew 10:28 and II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
2. Live so that you can look at death as a gain (Philippians 1:21).
III. Conclusion: In all things, life unto the Lord (Romans 14:8) for death and the Judgment to follow are certain (Hebrews 9:27).
© 2010 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager