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February 16, 2015

 

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Ecclesiastes 2:1-5New American Standard Bible (NASB)

 

I said [a]to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So [b]enjoy yourself.” And behold, it too was futility. I said of laughter, “It is madness,” and of pleasure, “What does it accomplish?” I explored with my [c]mind how to stimulate my body with wine while my [d]mind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of folly, until I could see what good there is for the sons of men [e]to do under heaven the few [f]years of their lives. I enlarged my works: I built houses for myself, I planted vineyards for myself; I made gardens  and parks for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees;

The balanced life

 

How much stuff do you really need?

 

Which possession is going to make you happy?

 

Which personal relationship is going to make you feel fulfilled?

 

How much money would it take just to exist, if all your bills were paid?

 

And when will you really commit yourself to God and quit wasting time and screwing around?

 

How would your life change if you had no credit cards?

 

When will you appreciate all that God has done for you?

 

When will you forgive that person that hurt you?

 

When is it to late?

 

The word “paradigm” has existed in the English language for centuries; however it was popularized by Thomas Kuhn in a book that came out in 1962 called The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Since then, it has become part of our vernacular, signifying an implicit or explicit set of rules that molds a person’s perspectives, affects the way he sees and shapes his view of the world.

 

 

All Christian people must make a fundamental paradigm choice: the decision between what is and what seems to be, the eternal and the temporal. This choice is examined repeatedly in Scripture. Jesus spoke more about the temporal versus the eternal than any other topic. We often hear that he spoke more about money; but this may only be because the subject of money demonstrates which of the two paradigms we’ve chosen. The choice we make is between that which God says will endure, and that which he says will not. We want to be a people who treasure the things God says are lasting treasure.

 

 

We can’t presume on the future. We can’t control one day. And so we would be prudent to live in such a way that we treasure the opportunities of the present, that we enhance the roles which we play by serving other people and that we invest our money and time wisely and well, regarding our service to the people in our lives as service to Christ himself.

 

 

All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.

And then James adds this sobering thought: “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow,” (James 4:14). “You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”

 

 

We are not defined by our past if we are followers of Jesus. Instead, we are defined by our unbounded future. Your past is bounded and very, very brief. All the past you’ll have on this earth will be a few decades. The future, on the other hand, is boundless. You are defined by an open future, one that will go on and on, where every chapter will be better than the one before. And there will be an infinite and continual changing process, in which we have new insights and new relationships. It’s going to be not static but a dynamic process. So I understand that I have a glorious destiny, and that contextualizes my present tense.

 

 

The biblical vision of God’s invitation is not only forgiveness but also newness of life and a transcendent hope, a hope that tells us that the something in us that longs for eternity is real. A lot of us suppose that the future will make up for our present lack. That’s a serious mistake. We cannot count on this. If we’re not content with what we have, we won’t be content when we get the things we want. We must not sacrifice the opportunity of today on the altar of future prospects.

That’s a terrible mistake to make. Many people sacrifice the opportunities of the now. But Scripture tells us, “Behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Since we have this wonderful salvation, and a God that loves us more than we realize, what will you do with today?

 

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

And our bible winner is Gracie R. from Winnipeg Canada, God bless. The answer was Deuteronomy, (what book of the bible did Jesus quote from the most)

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