A wasted life
A WASTED LIFE
October 3, 2010
1. Some of you may remember some ads on T.V. that said, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” They were attempting to encourage young people not to drop out of school and waste their minds. Later, they would show a fried egg and illustrate the terrible effects of drugs on the mind.
2. It is a terrible thing to see land that is wasted – I have flown over miles of desert in Egypt and all you could see was the sand – In parts of northern Africa thousands of acres of land has been wasted as the desert has taken over thousands of acres of good land.
3. I think we all hate to see the waste in government – it is call “pork barrel.”
4. One day I walked into a hospital room to make a call on a lady. I have never forgotten what she said to me when she suddenly sat up and said, “I’m 40 and I have been wasting my life. Bill, I have a wasted life.
5. But this morning I want us to think about the greatest waste of all and that is a wasted life.
6. “Life is a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you can only spend it once.”
7. “May we so seek God, that when we come to die we may feel that we have lived for something.”
8. Sigston says, “It appeared as though he could scarcely bear to live unless he was made useful. He often entreated the Lord that he might be delivered from that bitter cup – a useless life.”
I. IT WAS A WASTED LIFE BECAUSE IT WAS LIVED FOR THE MATERIAL THINGS ONLY.
1. Jesus tells about a successful farmer. He had prospered financially so that he needed more room to store his crops. He worked hard and we have no indication that he was dishonest in his pursuit of financial success. All he could talk about and think about was his material possessions.
2. Jesus said (v.15) “Watch Out. Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
3. It reminds me of what Pascal said, “In the heart of every person there is a God shaped vacuum that only God can fill.”
4. I called on a wealthy man in the hospital who had found out he was dying with a rare form of cancer. I vividly remember what he said to me “material things don’t mean one thing.”
5. One of my former members told me one day, “For 27 years I worked every Sunday, “ I wasted my life,”…Max Stimpson
6. “Many men in middle age do not possess money; it possesses them. They concentrate so hard upon their business that they forget about the business of Christian living. The moral and spiritual fiber of their lives weakens. Like the man in the parable of Jesus, whom God called a “fool”, they have multiplied things until they have full barns and starve souls” John Reed Miller.
7. John D. Rockefeller, the richest man in the world, was once asked “how much money is enough” – “One dollar more.”
8. “II Corinthians 4:18, so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
9. Haven’t we all seen what has happened to our money in the last few years? Fortunes have disappeared. A man had 20 million and he now has 1 million.
II. IT WAS A WASTED LIFE BECAUSE IT WAS LIVED SELFISHLY
1. II Chronicles 21:20 “Jehoram was 32 years old he became King, and he reigned in Jerusalem 8 years. He passed away to no one’s regret.
2. A minister would tell girls not to marry “Coffin Men”. How much room is there in a coffin? – Only room for one. They make horrible husbands.
3. A man was talking to his minister one day and told him that his oldest brother had died. The minister expressed surprise that he had not heard the news already, and the man said, “We never had it announced in any way. He cared about nobody and nobody cared about him.”
4. Have we ever thought about how much of the day we think about ourselves? It occupies most of our thinking, time, and money.
5. In a few months we are going to be working on our income tax. When we do how much will we have spent on ourselves and how much will we have spent on answering the prayer we have all prayed so many times “Your kingdom come, your will be done.”
III. IT WAS A WASTED LIFE BECAUSE IT WAS LIVED WITHOUT GOD AND THERFORE HE HAD NO WORTHWHILE PURPOSE.
1. Jesus calls this man a fool. Remember what Psalm 14:1 “The fool says in his heart there is no God.”
2. A fool is one who only thinks of this life and not of the life to come.
3. There is no mention of God. He may not have been antagonistic to God, he didn’t see any reason for having God in his life.
4. HIS PURPOSE WAS V.19
5. There was a man writing a biography of William Bramwell said of him, “It appeared as though he could scarcely bear to live unless he was made useful. He often entreated the Lord that he might be delivered from that bitter cup – a useless life.” From “Wesley and men who followed him.”
6. Self-help books often suggest that you try to discover the meaning and purpose of your life by looking within yourself. “You must begin with God, your Creator, and His reasons for creating you.” Rick Warren
7. “It would be better for a man to lose his life than lose the reason for which he lives. Let us assert this great truth: Let us assert this great truth: the purpose of every man’s life should be to glorify God.” Thomas Watson
8. Westminster Confession – 1646 over 100 scholars met – over 4 years to write. They began the Confession with first starting with man’s purpose on earth.
9. Dr. Hugh Moorhead, a philosophy professor at Northeastern Illinois U., once wrote to 250 of the best-known philosophers, scientists, writers and intellectuals in the world asking them, “What is the meaning of life?”…Some offered their best guesses, some were honest enough to say they were clueless. In fact, a number of famous intellectuals asked Professor Moorhead to write back and tell them if he discovered the purpose of life.
IV. IT WAS A WASTED LIFE BECAUSE HE RELIED ON WHAT HE THOUGHT. V. 17, 18
1. He though he had the answers to life. In effects he was saying that he knew more than God did.
2. Remember the story of the prodigal son? He though he had the answer to how to live. He gets his inheritance and then “squandered his wealth in wild living.” But what happened to him – a famine came and he ends up feeding pigs in a pig pen – worst job in all the world for a Jew.
3. I was reading about a prisoner in jail and he said, “I accepted the idea that I was going to die in jail. I got on my knees and asked God to please come into my life and show me His plan – because my best thinking had earned me a lifetime in jail.
4. Judges 17:6 “In those days Israel had no king, everyone did as he saw fit.”
5. Politically correct instead of biblically correct.
6. Proverbs 3:7,8 “Be not wise in your own eyes; 5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
7. There is a way that seems right but the end is death – Proverbs 14:12. 16:25
8. How many women today are thinking that the best way to deal with an unwanted pregnancy is to have an abortion – and they do and then they suffer the guilt of that and the physical problems that come from abortions. Their best thinking has resulted in one of the reasons we have such a problem with Social Security and funding it. When you take nearly 80 million babies out of your population since 1973 and there is a lack of younger people to fund it.
9. Many don’t think about the sacredness of marriage and we are reaping the results of broken homes.
V. IT WAS A WASTED LIFE BECAUSE HE LOST ALL THAT HE HAD ACQUIRED AND HE ENDED UP IN HELL.
1. “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul; or what can a man give in exchange for his soul. Matthew 16:26
2. All he had acquired was gone.
3. Jesus spoke more about hell than he did about heaven.
4. How long is eternity – a sparrow flying across the U.S. and taking one small pebble out of a rock the size of the Atlantic Ocean and then flying back to deposit the pebble in the Pacific Ocean – when the rock is moved from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean is just the beginning of eternity.
1. Maybe some of you are thinking I am a Christian so I am not wasting my life.
2. We as Christians can waste our lives too –
3. We waste our lives:
(1) By not loving – I Corinthians 13:1-3
(2) By not following Eph. 2:10
(3) By building with wood, hay, and stubble
(4) By sowing to the flesh – Gal. 6: 7”…A man reaps what he sows.
(5) By not applying the work of God.
(6) There are 3 things that are eternal. God, His Word, people. If we have become a Christian, have read and studied and applied the Bible, and spent our life sharing our faith with others we have not wasted our lives.
(7) John Piper’s book DON’T WASTE YOUR LIFE
“Oh, how many lives are wasted by people who believer that the Christian life means simply avoiding badness and providing for the family. So there is no adultery, no staling, no killing, no embezzlement, no fraud – just lots of hard work during the duality family time), and lots of fun stuff on the weekend – woven around church (mostly). This is life for millions of people. Wasted life, we were created for more, far more. No one will ever want to say to the Lord of the universe 5 minutes after death, I spent every night playing games & watching clean TV with my family because I loved them so much. I think the Lord will say. That does not make me look like a treasure in your town. You should have done something besides provide for yourself and your family. And TV, as you should have known, was not a good way to nurture your family or your won soul.”
4. One day in a college Sunday school class Dr. McKeel asked us a question, “What would you do if you knew you were going to die tomorrow? We all said, “We would stop doing this or that and start doing this or that.” But there was one student who said, “I would just go on living just like I am today.” Dudley Woodberry – he ended up in Afghanistan.
5. “One life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”
Rev. Bill Whitwer