Liv­ing with eter­nity in mind

‘Some feel that God would only spoil their fun’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/RELIGION - BY REV. HUNT­LEY STE­WART

Solomon said in Ec­cle­si­astes 3, that there is a time to be born and a time to die.

If you are alive you have al­ready ful­filled the first part, but the sec­ond part needs to be ful­filled. The dash on your tomb­stone will rep­re­sent your time here on earth be­tween birth and death. What you do with your life in that pe­riod of time that God has al­lowed you to be here on earth is up to you.

You can choose the op­tion of sow­ing wild oats when you are young and then pray that you won’t have to reap the har­vest. The Bi­ble says what so ever a man sows that will he also reap. It might be to late to pray for a crop fail­ure. Some peo­ple are too busy sow­ing wild oats to think about God. They feel that God would only spoil their fun.

Solomon has a rem­edy for this in Ec­cle­si­astes 12: “Re­mem­ber thy cre­ator in the days of thy youth, be­fore you re­al­ize that the things that you thought were go­ing to be won­der­ful turned out to be some­thing of no last­ing value.”

Many times our ac­tion are sur­rounded by the ex­cuse that “ev­ery one is do­ing it and I’m just join­ing the crowd.”

Sow­ing wild oats is just an­other way of say­ing “I like to sin and try to have fun do­ing it.” The Bi­ble tells us that Moses chose to suf­fer af­flic­tion with the chil­dren of God rather than en­joy sin for a sea­son. Sins plea­sure only lasts for a short time. Re­mem­ber sin will take you fur­ther than you want to go, sin will cost you more than you want to pay. This is a good thing to write on the in­side page of your Bi­ble (if you have one). This book will help keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this book.

One preacher puts it this way: “Sin does not make us a sin­ner but we sin be­cause we are a sin­ner.” That would make sense since Psalm 51, talks about be­ing born in sin.

Adam and Eve were the first sin­ners and con­se­quently all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, Ro­mans 3:23.

Peo­ple don’t like to be called sin­ners but let us re­mem­ber that it is God who tells us that we are. No mat­ter how hard we try to climb up to heaven, we can’t make it on our own. The idea of liv­ing on wild oats just doesn’t cut it.

The dash on the tomb­stone is a re­minder that we are in a dash to­wards eter­nity.

In John 14:6, we find out that Je­sus is the way, the truth, and the life and no man comes to the Fa­ther but by Him. The apos­tle Paul had a rough start but when he was con­verted he changed com­pletely around and ended up writ­ing a large por­tion of the New Tes­ta­ment.

Close to the end of his dash on this earth he wrote a very im­por­tant let­ter to his spir­i­tual son, Ti­mothy. In chap­ter 4 of 11 Ti­mothy he says, “I am now ready to be of­fered up and the time of my de­par­ture is at hand, I have fought a good fight, I have fin­ished my course, I have kept the faith hence­forth there is laid up for me a crown of right­eous­ness which the Lord the right­eous judge shall give me at that day and not to me only but unto all them that love his ap­pear­ing. When our day of de­par­ture comes and we look back, life will only seem like a dash, a short dash at that.

Rev. Hunt­ley Ste­wart is a re­tired min­is­ter with the Pen­te­costal Assem­blies of Canada. A guest ser­mon runs reg­u­larly in Satur­day’s Guardian and is pro­vided through Chris­tian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

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