These are my notes from a sermon by pastor Bil Gebhardt.
From the series of sermons from James 4:13-17.
- “A lamp doesn’t light the whole path, just the next step or two.”
- Your time doesn’t belong to you, it belongs to God.
You can’t plan your future without God.
- In James 4:13, a business man makes his plans apart from God. He says they will go to a specific city, spend a certain amount of time there, and carry on business and make money. Not once does he mention God in his plans.
Playing “God” with your time is a risky thing to do.
- In the next verse, James warns this man of how risky it is to make plans without God, saying that we don’t even know what will happen tomorrow. Our plans are always tentative.
- James then adds that our lives are like fog,they are here a little while then gone.
- By assuming what will happen in the future, we are making a risky mistake. Life changes so quickly that we can have no idea of our future.
Realize that your time belongs to God.
- We need to include God in our plans by saying, “If it is in God’s will…”
- Our time is a gift. If God owns my time, what does that make me? This makes me a steward of my time. When we realize that we are just stewards of the time God gives us, this helps us not worry about what will happen, because He is in control.
Living as though we own our time is an act of pride and arrogance.
- James then adds to his statement by saying that if we do not include God in our plans, we are boasting about our own plans which is self-centered and evil.
Living as though time is your own is a sin.
- So not only is it risky and prideful, it is a sin because we know what we should do. We are no longer ignorant to the fact that our time is in God’s hands, so to reject this is sinful.
- Do you see your time as God’s? If so, how does this change how you use your time?
- People who understand these messages have real faith and their anxiety about life vanishes. There is no longer a need to be afraid.
- Be a good steward of your time and keep God in your plans.