Work While You Can!

“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.  7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.” Ecclesiastes 9:5

Although I have never been to Hawaii, I understand it is one of the prettiest places in the world. It has an ideal climate, beautiful scenery, and many fantastic sites to see.

Can you image winning a free year-long vactation there? With this prize you would have free transportation there, free lavish hotel suites, and the finest meals. 

Somehow you did not read all the fine print regarding the vacation.  You failed to realize that anything extra, including snacks, site-seeing trips, and other extras would be at your own expense; and you failed to bring any extra money.  For one year you lived in a most gorgeous place, but you could not fully enjoy all that it could have offered, because you could only afford to sit in your luxurious room and watch the wise, prepared people enjoy one of the world’s most wonderful places.  You were there, but you were a pauper in paradise.

Sadly, for may saved people, their eternity with the Lord will be too much like that of the “pauper in paradise.”  They did what God required to get them to Heaven; they got saved, however, they did nothing with their salvation!  They did little that the Bible commands a child of God do, and they did little while on this earth that would have eternal value. They had not any “portion for ever in any thing ….”  They did not invest their life for the glory of God, and will certainly be lacking in a place they will spend eternity.  Their eternal “IRA” had few deposits!

While we are alive, we are not just to sit around and soak in the goodness of God.  We are to do something for the Lord while we still have breath! Work for the Lord while there is still time! Go do sumthin’ while you can.  That is why God still has you here!  There is much work to be done for the Lord, and you are the workers God is counting on to complete His tasks!
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Eccl. 9:10

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