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THE Tragedy OF A WASTED LIFE By Paul J. Levin
THE Tragedy OF A WASTED LIFE
By Paul J. Levin
I beseech you therefore, brethren,
by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living
holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service.
A sad old man dying of cancer told
a pastor friend this tragic story: "Years ago
in Sweden God called me to preach-to
this I agreed, if He would enable me to sell
my farm. The very next day a man
made me an offer, but I hesitated, telling him to
return on the morrow.
"After prayer I promised God I would
preach if the buyer would agree to take my
job as Sunday School superintendent.
The man said, 'That is the very chance I
have wanted.' He paid me for the
farm but rather than use the money to prepare
for the ministry, I went to America.
"The first year in America my wife
died, leaving me with five children. Very soon
after, my oldest daughter
died. Still I would not surrender to God's will. I preached
a little on the side but
did not obey God in giving my full time. I lost a good
business, pleaded bankruptcy
and left town.
"Then I went into the hardware business
and prospered for a time, but one of my
sons who assisted me in the work
began a systematic robbery of the till. Again I
was forced into bankruptcy.
"These things did not come upon
me accidentally. They were the hand of God.
Now I am dying of cancer- I have
only three months to live. Weeping he said, "I
know I am saved, but oh the loss.
I will soon be ushered into His presence to give
account of a whole life of disobedience."
What a tragedy! Wasted time, talents,
treasure and testimony. He might have
become the "Moody" of Sweden.
Think of the many years this man
wasted. Lost time is gone forever. Life is too
short to be frittered away
on self. It isn't how long you live but how you live that
David Brainerd, the great missionary
to the American Indians, died when only 29.
But his utter abandonment to the
will of God, his crushing burden for the souls of
men, his many hours of agonizing
intercessory prayer challenge us to this day. He
accomplished so much during his
short life because he lived not unto himself
"but unto Him which died for them,
and rose again" (II Cor. 5:15).
The love of Christ compelled him
to follow the steps of his master who...did always
those things that pleased
the Father (John 8:29). At the judgement seat of Christ
we will give account of precious
time squandered in rebellion against God's will.
It isn't the number of talents you
possess but your use of them that counts. You can
shamefully waste them in sin, foolishly
let them die under the rubbish of little petty
things that eat up your valuable
time and attention or wisely develop them for
God's glory and service.
"Whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus"
(Col. 3:17). What right have you
to misuse God-given talents, gifts and abilities
rather than use them to produce
fruit and testimony for your Lord?
Full surrender includes the purse
and checkbook. God entrusted you with money
that you might know the joy of
using it to speed the gospel to the heathen,
evangelize world-wide through the
printed page, aid struggling preachers and
Christian workers, relieve poverty-stricken
suffering saints and in many other
ways support God's work.
The liberal soul enjoys a thrill
that the stingy, close-fisted, religious tight-wad
knows nothing about. If all God's
children would place their treasure at the
wounded feet of their living Lord,
every phase of Gospel work would prosper
without the begging, pleading,
driving for funds that characterizes Christian
work of our day.
YIELD YOURSELF TO GOD
What are you doing with your time,
talents and treasure? Do you want God to
bless your life and use your testimony?
Then bow before Him now and say,
"Dear Lord Jesus, I thank Thee
for giving Thyself on the cross for me. I know
Thou art alive from the dead, exalted
as Lord of all. Here and now, the best I
know how, I yield myself, my all,
without hesitation or reservation, once and for all,
utterly to Thee. Have Thy way in
my life now and forever. By Thy grace, I will go
where Thou dost lead, I will speak
what Thou dost command, I will be what Thou
dost choose. I will do Thy will
as Thou dost reveal it for Thy glory."
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