We are looking at the ways we, as believers, can waste our time being a Christian…
1> Allow yourself to be bitter against someone who has hurt or offended you
2> Use your time, your money, and your resources only for yourself and your needs
3> Spend little to no time with the Lord in solitude – just you and Him alone
4> Neglect reading the Scriptures (your Bible)
The Bible contains God’s Words and is the first and best way that He speaks to us. The Bible reveals Christ to us so we come to know Him better and on a deeper level as we journey with Him in daily life. In fact, Jesus tells us that His Words (contained in the New Testament Gospels) are “spirit and they are life for the believer.
John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”
The Bible accounts of Jesus’ life bear witness to Him and reveal to us who He is, His character, His nature, His mind (we can have the mind of Christ) and His heart for us and all people.
John 5:39 “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me…”
And, the Bible goes on to tell us that the words recorded are inspired by God – set out for us to have life and have it more abundantly.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
If we take out the extra phrases … “profitable for teaching, reproof, for correction, and training” we end up with the basic point that is being made.
My personal version: “All Scripture is given by God that the people of God may be complete and equipped.”
The word “complete” means to be like Jesus
The word “equipped” means to be able to do what Jesus did (John 14:12)
So, if you want to waste your time as a believer, avoid reading the Bible.
5> Defame others or misrepresent time or their work (especially fellow believers).
If you want to waste your time on the journey with Jesus don’t go to people directly if you have a concern or a problem and ask them for clarity. And, if you do go to them, don’t really listen with your heart to what they have to say.
Don’t be deceived: To speak ill about or misrepresent another follower of Jesus is to speak ill about or misrepresent Jesus Himself. And, He does not take Kindly to it.
The Bible is very clear about this:
Matthew 25:40 “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
Acts 9:1-4 “But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’”
Titus 3:2 “… to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”
Slander is a serious sin and it is a transgression of Jesus’ teaching…
Matthew 7:12a “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them…”
More next time…