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If You Knew that You Would Die In the Near-Term, How Would You Spend the Remainder of Your Life? Sunday, September 20, 2020
If You Knew that You Would Die In the Near-Term, How Would You Spend the Remainder of Your Life?   MESSAGE SUMMARY: Today, do you live your life as the country singer Tim McGraw says in his song, “live like we were dying”? Jesus tells us in today’s Lessons from the Gospel of Luke, that acquiring wealth is not, per se, wrong; however, Luke’s Lesson is that we are a fool if we center our life around accumulating wealth. It is difficult for us to have many possessions without these possessions “possessing us”. In Luke 12:15, Jesus says that: “. . . Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Jesus is telling the brothers in Luke 12:13-14 that covetousness (i.e. greed) will wreck all aspects of our lives. In Ephesians 5:3, Paul classifies the sin of covetousness (i.e. greed) with other sins such as “sexual immorality: “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.". Jesus illustrates His position regarding covetousness (i.e. greed) with Parable of the Rich Fool, beginning with Luke 12:16. The “Rich Fool’s” life was all about himself and his possessions and without a consideration of God or the needs of others. Therefore, in this parable, God took the life of the greedy “Rich Fool”. If you knew that, in the near-term, you would die, how would you spend the remainder of your life? Would you focus on the assimilation of new possessions and experiences; or would you reaffirm your commitment, as a follower of Jesus, to Jesus’ Great Commandment and His Great Commission? Would you, like the country singer Tim McGraw says in his song, “live like we were dying”? Beginning in Luke 12:22, Jesus tells His Apostles about the prioritization of their lives’ focus, especially as their focus relates to their “anxieties”. In Luke 12:29-31, Jesus summarizes His teaching to His Apostles with a model for our life focus: “And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.". If our lives are centered on greed and the accumulation of passions and wealth, our lives will not be rich in the Presence of God.   TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM FORGIVEN. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9). SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Luke 12:13-34; Mark 7:21; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; Philippines 4:19; 1 King’s 10:4. WEBSITE LINK:  www.AWordFromTheLord.org/ WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S SERMON VIDEO – “As a Christian, You Are Equipped for God’s Purpose; Be Courageous and Let Others See Jesus In You for God Is With You”:  www.AWFTL.org/watch DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

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