A. Death is a certainty, unless Christ returns first (II Peter 3:10), that we will all face (II Samuel 14:14, Psalms 89:48, Ecclesiastes 9:5, and Hebrews 9:27).
- Israel was told to number their days to apply their hearts to wisdom (Psalms 90:1-12).
- Isn’t it wise to consider our frailty (Psalms 39:4)?
- Aren’t we wise to think about how life could be over for all humanity in an instant (Luke 12:35-40)?
II. Body: Ephesians 5:14-17 and Colossians 4:5
A. A brief look at some terms:
- Redeeming: “to buy up, i.e. ransom; figuratively, to rescue from loss (improve opportunity): — redeem…” (Strong’s # 1805).
- Time: “an occasion, i.e. set or proper time: — always, opportunity, (convenient, due) season, (due, short, while) time, a while…” (Strong’s #2540).
- The days are evil (I John 5:19).
- Consider the thought of taking your time back from this evil world that wants to take it all from you (I Corinthians 7:31)!
- In discerning time and judgment, think about what’s coming in our end (Deuteronomy 32:29 and Matthew 24:36-51)?
- What does your life look like when you think about how you have spent your time, energy, money, etc. (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11; 2:21-24)?
- How often do people mismanage responsibilities (Luke 10:38-42)?
- A man wants to be a “good provider” (I Timothy 5:8), but spends little to no time with his family (Proverbs 4:1-4).
- In general, as parents, what about fighting for the souls of your children (Proverbs 19:18, Proverbs 29:15, Ephesians 6:4, and II Timothy 1:5; 3:15)? Your children need more attention than your hobbies, sleep, social media accounts, etc.
- People search the Scriptures (John 5:39 and Acts 17:10-11), but misplace the applications (Matthew 22:23-33).
- Learn from stages of life. As you age, how important were many things you look back on in your youth (Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:1)?
- How many people die with the “would’ve, should’ve, could’ve” statements? What should our last thoughts be like (II Timothy 4:6-8)?
- Think about those in torment that wish they would’ve done it differently (Luke 16:19-31).
- Don’t we know better? Don’t we know to live purposed, prepared lives (Matthew 25:1-13)?
- This is not to say we cannot “enjoy life” (Ecclesiastes 5:18 and I Peter 3:10).
- How do you balance the two? Don’t allow the carnal liberties to enjoy life overtake our spiritual preparedness (I Peter 2:11).
- We shouldn’t think tomorrow is sure to come (Proverbs 27:1 and James 4:13-16).
- Think about the illustration that flesh is like grass (Psalms 103:14-15 and I Peter 1:24).
- Don’t just think about the Judgment Day though. Ask what impact your life will have on those around you in their future too (II Thessalonians 3:7 and Hebrews 6:12)!
III. Conclusion: Live With The Idea Of Now (II Corinthians 6:1-2).
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