HOW TO MAKE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE THE BEST OF YOUR LIFE
Intro: There is an old saying that, “You are never too old to learn.” Here is one lesson that you’re never too old to learn: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”(Psa. 90:12) Now, what that means is this: “Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.” Gen.6:3
Someone has observed that life is like a dollar bill. You can spend it any way you want to, but you can only spend it once.
Now when you spend money there are really only one of two ways you can spend it. You can waste it, or you can invest it. The same thing is true with life.
Now whether you are young or old, six or sixty, healthy and wealthy, or puny and poor, you can make the rest of your life the best of your life.
Suppose you were starting life all over. You are old enough to know right from wrong. You are old enough to learn, old enough to love, old enough to really live. If you could ask the Lord Jesus Christ how to make the rest of your life the best of your life, what do you think He would say? I don’t think we have to wonder, I think I know.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Mt. 6:33) “first things first.” Now I know that sounds simple, but I want to tell you that if we, beginning today, would consciously, continuously, constantly, and consistently put first things first, it would absolutely transform your life.
I. SET PROPER PRIORITIES
You just have to do it. Because Jesus has already told us what our first priority ought to be, “seek ye first the kingdom of God.“
The word seek means to “actively pursue” or “to go after.” It’s in the present tense. It means continuously.
2. Now in order to seek the kingdom, you must first seek the King. Because you cannot have a kingdom without a king. So our priority here, ought to be to seek the King of the kingdom.
WHO CAN GO TO GOD ??? Every body !!!!!
3. God does not have any favorites, but He does have intimates. James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you” God has promised in his word, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13)
4. “seek first the kingdom of God.” First things first means putting the Father first. There are three words I want you to remember in this passage. In v.30 circle the word faith. In v.32 circle the word Father. In v.33 circle the word first. You know the Bible says in Heb. 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please him.”
6. Now when you truly seek a king, and you truly seek his kingdom, you are automatically seeking for three things.
A. First of all, you are seeking for the glory of the king. Every part and parcel of your life, every minute and moment of your time, every ounce and pound of your strength, every muscle and fibre of your body ought to be given for the glory of God. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Cor. 10:31)
B. But it means also to seek for the guidance of the king. Every morning of your life you ought to begin by asking the Lord Jesus what Paul asked the Lord Jesus on that Damascus road, when he said, “Lord, what would you have me to do?”
D. If your will was that God’s will would always be done in your life, then your will would always be done.
( I heard about a woman who was deathly sick. A neighbor came to visit her and he asked her whether she wanted to live or to die. She said, “I just want whatever pleases God.”
The neighbor said, “Well, what if God were to refer the matter to you, which would you choose?”
She said, “If God were to refer the matter to me, I would just refer the matter back to Him.” That lady had her priorities in the right order.)
II. SEEK PERSONAL PURITY
1. Not only are we to seek His kingdom, we are to seek “His righteousness.” That is, not only are we to be seeking God’s control over us, but we are also to be seeking God’s character within us. The kingdom of God is not only to be inwardly experienced. It is to be outwardly expressed.
2. You see, if God is ruling over you, then His righteousness will be within you. Because a man’s character is simply the outward expression of whatever is controlling him inwardly. Faith is always seen by its fruit. Character is always seen by its conduct. Proverbs 20:12 tells us, “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.” You see, as we seek the kingdom of God, people ought to be able to see the kingdom in us.
A good mark of a Christian is that he makes it easier for others to believe in God. Now what does it mean to seek the righteousness of God?
A. We Must Desire It - We do what we really want to do, and we are what we really want to be. Jesus said in Matt. 5:6, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
B. We Must Derive It - We are to seek “His righteousness.” God is not interested in your righteousness. He is only interested in His righteousness. God is not interested in what you can do for Him. He is interested in what He can do through you.
It will be a great day when you learn the difference between self righteousness and the Savior’s righteousness. Paul, after he was saved, made this one of the goals of his life. He said in Phil. 3:9 that he wanted to “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”
Now I want you to learn a lesson about righteousness. Before you can live it, God must give it. That is exactly why Jesus came and Jesus died, that we might have the righteousness of God. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (II Cor. 5:21).
C. We Must Depict It - We ought to live like kingdom subjects. Will Rogers said, “We ought to live in such a way that we would not be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.“
III. SEE PROMISED PROSPERITY
1. Now the Lord says that if you will seek His kingdom and His righteousness, “all these things shall be added unto you.” Now what “things” was the Lord referring to? He was talking about all the things that people worry about. In Mat.6.19 we are told that people worry about finances. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal“
2. In Mat.6.25 we are told that people worry about food. “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”
5. Now all of these are things that we need. That’s why the Lord said in Mat. 6:32 , “(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.” Now the Lord has promised that if you will seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, you will have all the things you need.
Now I did not say you would have necessarily the things that you want.
there are four lessons parents ought to teach their children early, and that it would be good for even some adults to re-learn.
A. First of all, you don’t need everything you want. I wish I had all the money back that I had spent in my life on things that I wanted that I didn’t really need.
B. The second lesson is, you don’t want everything you need. I never wanted one whipping that I ever got, but I needed everyone of them.
C. The third lesson is, God doesn’t give us everything we want.
D. The last lesson is, God always give us what we need. at this point in your life you don’t need it.
( I heard about a missionary who was getting ready to embark and go away to a foreign country. As he was getting on the ship, just going up the gangway, a friend of his, who was a very wealthy person, came to him and slipped an envelope into his hand that was sealed.
His friend said, “You take this envelope, and if at any time while you are overseas you come to the place where you have exhausted every other possibility, and you don’t where else to turn, and you have a need that you cannot meet anywhere else, open the envelope.”
Well, the missionary took the envelope, thanked him, put it in his pocket, went up the gangplank and he stayed on that mission field for twenty years. At the end of twenty years he came back home, walked down that same gangplank, met by that same wealthy friend, and he returned the envelope back to the man, still sealed, still unopened, and he said, “Never did I come to a place where I did not know where to turn, nor what to do.”)
Conc: Do you want to make the rest of your life the best of your life? You allow Jesus Christ to be your Lord. Put Him first. Live every moment for Him, and He will take care of the rest. ———— Alleluia