MAKING THE REST THE BEST
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.
A week ago, I heard a true story about a skydiving instructor. He always took the time to answer all first-timer's questions, no matter how foolish the question might be. One guy asked, "If our chute doesn't open, and the reserve chute doesn't open, how long do we have until we hit the ground?" The jump master looked at him and answered, "The rest of your life."
WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THE REST?
All you have left is the rest of your life. What are you doing with it? Are you making the most of the time as God tells us to do?
I have found that a good number of people live in the past. They live longing for the good ole days... or mourning past failures, wishing they could go back and do it over again. Living in the past is a waste of precious time called the present. Yesterday is gone and cannot be changed. God wants us to learn from the past and let go of the past.
While some live in the past, some others live in the future. These folks always think how great it will be once: they get out of school... or get married... or get the toddlers in school... or get the kids in college (and out of the house)... or get the kids out of college (and off the payroll)... or retire. Living in the future also robs you of the precious present since tomorrow may never come.
All we have to live in is today. Certainly we are to plan for tomorrow, but we are to live in today and make the most of each day. Enjoy time with friends and family. Rejoice in the job God has provided. Take advantage of those opportunities to encourage people and tell them you love them. Open your mouth and share Jesus with that neighbor, friend or lost loved one. It may be your last chance to do so. Put away those things you do that displease Jesus. Live your life for His glory!!
THE BEST TIME?
A sign in a tree nursery read, "The best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago... the second best time is today." Maybe you have wasted much of your life living for sin and self. Maybe you are thinking, "I missed my opportunity." Not so. You can start today to really live for the Lord and walk by faith. Whether you have 7 days left or 70 years left, make the most of the time you have by committing your all to Jesus Christ. He will use you in a great way to make a difference for the Kingdom if you will get serious about Him.
Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries
Dr. Jeff Schreve believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan just for you. From His Heart provides real truth, love and hope on over 700 radio stations each day, in 182 countries each week on TV, and is always available online. Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All donations go to furthering the broadcast outreach. As a listener/viewer supported ministry, we thank you for joining with us to help speak the truth in love to a lost and hurting world. Go to www.fromhisheart.org for more information.
The Christian life is a walk with God. And the only way to please God in our walk with Him is to exercise faith. Paul said, "We walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). In this five-message series Dr. Jeff Schreve gives practical, biblical encouragement to help you take God at His Word and step out on His promises, regardless of the circumstances.