Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Jonathan Edwards and Redeeming the Time

"Look carefully how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:15-16)
The following sermon by Dr. Steven Lawson is one every Christian should watch at least once in their lifetime.

Not every Christian will have the copious hours necessary to read Edwards' seemingly limitless works. But in this one-hour message, the popular and quotable phrase of evangelist C.T. Studd thunderously resounds over and over:
"Only one life, 'twill soon be past;
only what's done for Christ will last."
Now, for anyone who thinks that perhaps this is man-worship and not Christ-worship, please understand that in Christ's infinite grace and wisdom, He has given such men as gifts to the church to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ (cf. Eph. 4:11-12), and that elsewhere in the Bible, Christians are called to imitate and emulate such men, whom the author of Hebrews includes in his "so great a cloud of witnesses." (12:1)

May we "scope out" (play on Greek verb in Philippians 3:17) such men, and "consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith." (Hebrews 13:7)

May every hearer leave resolved to quit wasting their life with the banal trivialities of this world, and run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking [only] unto Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith." (cf. Hebrews 12:1-2)

May the Christ whom Edwards' served with all his mind, heart, soul, and strength get His due!

To Him alone be the glory, forever and ever,

Watch and be blessed.

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