Our lives belong to God, and he has the right to take us any time he chooses. Few things make me tremble more than the possibility of taking this onetime gift of life and wasting it.
To hear the words of Yeshua/Jesus: (Matthew 16:24–26)
“Then Yeshua told his talmidim, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him say `No’ to himself, take up his execution-stake, and keep following me. For whoever wants to save his own life will destroy it, but whoever destroys his life for my sake will find it. What good will it do someone if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or, what can a person give in exchange for his life?”
It is possible to waste your life? I believe from the world that I’ve experienced in my 57 years that it is more than possible to waste your life. I know many who are working and spending every dollar they make on drinking, drugs, disorders that they suffer with. It wouldn’t take much to pass on those drinks or drugs and take the money to help another or a family. Sadly, I say, too many only think of giving when it’s during the holidays or thanksgiving or christmas. Stop thinking of your own satisfaction and start thinking of others, all year long. Eventually, we learn to stop feeling like we’ve wasted our lives and hopefully, we can see beyond ourselves and start seeing the need and greatest desire that Yeshua/Jesus has for our lives.
It’s not our own selfish motive and that feeling of “tired of feeling wasted”, there is more. So, let’s take a look at (Matthew 25:31-40)
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, accompanied by all the angels, he will sit on his glorious throne.
All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.
The `sheep’ he will place at his right hand and the `goats’ at his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, `Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you made me your guest,
I needed clothes and you provided them, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’
Then the people who have done what God wants will reply, `Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and make you our guest, or needing clothes and provide them?
When did we see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’
The King will say to them, `Yes! I tell you that whenever you did these things for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did them for me!’
For me that alone is enough reason to stop padding our pockets with dollars (or whatever your currency is called) and start padding the lives of those around you who may need your help.
My help comes from ADONAI (the LORD), the maker of heaven and earth.
The great passion of the unwasted life is to magnify YHVH/God in keeping with His instructions.