by Pastor Greg Laurie
Seize the Day
"So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.' " Matthew 25:20-21
As a young man, Alan Redpath was a successful accountant. One day, he was talking with a Christian friend who told him, "Alan, it is possible to have a saved soul and a wasted life." Redpath couldn't forget those words. He knew he was guilty of having a saved soul and a wasted life. He prayed, "Lord, I want Your will for me. I don't want to waste my life. I dedicate it to You." God redirected his course, and Redpath ultimately became an evangelist, pastor, author, president of a missions organization, and a dean of a Bible school. He served the Lord until the end of his life.
It's possible that some of us could have a saved soul but a wasted life. In other words, you have the assurance of heaven, but you're wasting your life here on earth. You're not serving Christ to the fullest. Every person's life is filled with opportunities to serve the Lord. What we do with the opportunities is the big question. Do we let them slip by? Or do we seize the day and serve the Lord so that we can hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant"?
If you desire to hear those words, then make a change in your life like Alan Redpath made. Take what God has given you and make the most of it. You might say to yourself, "But I don't have much." You have everything you need. You have God's most precious gift, Jesus Christ. You have the Holy Spirit to empower you. God has instilled in your life certain gifts for His glory. That means your life is valuable. Take what God has given you and dedicate it to His glory. Just watch what He will accomplish.
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