March 31, 2013

Time Worse Than Lost

Many things like video games and time spent watching vapid gossip-laden television shows is time poorly used or not well spent. Most rational and productive people will acknowledge this fact. Yes, we could all utilize our time better but more often than not, it is not a crime to be stupid or sometimes careless with our time, it is just, well, stupid and careless.  No harm no foul. Many would just say it is lost time. Much of the time we spend alive on earth is lost time. A perfect example of non-sinful lost time is sleeping as we are literally unconscious and unproductive due to our bodies natural needs.

Past-time in the world is lost time, but sinning time or time spent in sin is worse than lost. Sin time is not just time poorly spent but it is time negligently spent. Why? Because not only is in unproductive, it is counterproductive. Not only is it destructive to this life but it is detrimental to the next. It is not just time spent in indifference it is time spent in defiance. It is time spent as an enemy of God. Therefore, it constitutes foolishness. Foolishness is not just an absence of wisdom, it is active stupidity. Defiance of God is stupidity. If no forgiveness is sought for the sin and the sin is not repented of…it will need to be accounted for one way or another. Sin does not and cannot just disappear down the rabbit hole (Genesis 9:5). If not, it stays marked against our account. This is never a good thing. Actually, it is a really bad thing…as in an evil thing.

Who can give a good account of doing evil? I’ll tell you who…no one. We are barely able to get ourselves pardoned. As a matter of fact it is nothing we do that gets us pardoned. We have the complete ability to doom ourselves but we have no ability to save ourselves...yet we willingly continue to sin. This is practically the epitome of foolishness. We are poster children of lunacy. It is only through the work of God Himself that we are exonerated from the time we squandered in sin. Sinful living is literally like puncturing holes in the life raft that preserves our life or cutting the cords that attaches us to our parachute. It is like digging a hole that we cannot get ourselves out of and only only to dig deeper with more sin.

The First Rule of Hole-Digging: Once you’re in them, stop digging.

Once in a hole, the more you dig the deeper you go and the farther you get from your escape. Any effort of your own only damns you more. You need to wait for someone to reach down to you and pull you out. When men live in sin, they do nothing but continually undo themselves. We were put on this earth to bring glory to God, by sinning we do the exact opposite. Instead or building God up, we end up digging ourselves down farther away from Him. By not lifting up God in praise we lower ourselves to spiritual death. We dig our own graves.

John 17:4 ~ “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.”

We should be working out our salvation with fear and trembling but instead, those that sin work out their damnation with no fear and only stupidity for the world to see. So as a man sows in seed-time so he will reap in that harvest time.  To sow sin in the time of sowing reaps a harvest of judgment. Sow sin, reap death. Sow righteousness, reap life.

Galatians 6:8 ~ “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

Every one of our days is numbered as God has appointed them all. If God valued them enough to give them to us should we not also greatly value them seeking to improve ourselves and the world around us through holy behavior? Should we not apply the Godly wisdom gleaned through hours in the Scriptures? It is in this wisdom that lies the fear of the Lord. The Lord that has made us and allotted our days. Part of this wisdom is to know the acceptable will of God. His will is that we be conformed to His Son.

Romans 8:29 ~ “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”

If we have not lived in God, in Christ we have invariably sinned and strayed. Therefore if we have not lived in Him we have not truly lived nor will we ever live. If we have not truly lived…then it is all just wasted time or time worse than lost.

The Second Rule of Hole-Digging? Once you’re in them, stop digging, especially if its your own grave.

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