Friday, June 13th, 2014
Christian Pitfalls (Part 20)
Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap.
Luke 21:34 (NASB)
They are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you.
1 Peter 4:4 (NASB)
Dissipation is 'unrestrained indulgence in physical pleasures, excessive expenditure, wastefulness' (World English Dictionary).
'Americans represent 5% of the world’s population, but generate 30% of the world’s garbage. For all the world to live as an American, we would need two more Earths. In a lifetime, the average American will personally throw away 600 times his or her body weight, which for an average adult would leave a legacy of 90,000 pounds of trash.' *
Dissipation often refers to a drunken intoxication, but does it also refer to a greedy disregard of God's creations--especially people? Our duty to Him and to them?
To live as if there is no tomorrow can be wise or foolish--depending on how we live. Surely, tomorrow on earth is not guaranteed. More surely, tomorrow in eternity awaits. The question of where we spend tomorrow depends on how we spend God's resources today--especially our time.
'The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray' (1 Peter 4:7). 'Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is' (Ephesians 5:15-17).
'For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry' (2 Timothy 4:3-5).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Fulfill your ministry. 'Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character' (1 Corinthians 15:33). Don't join America's throwaway generation. Don't toss your good gifts, good dreams and good behavior in a landfill. Don't waste what God has given you.
Instead, lead your generation into the highest form of recycling: salvation. 'Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation' (2 Corinthians 6:2). Let your good times be marked by good standards.
When you feel like you're riding on empty, skip the artificial highs. They're nothing but fumes from the dump; 'For that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit' (Ephesians 5:18).
To Be Continued...
* Statistics on American waste: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1812106&tn=40)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Pitfalls series.