The Rule of Life
here to listen
A friend came to visit me one day. As
we sat talking, our conversation led to life in the flesh and how
fragile it was. We talked about some friends whom had already died
and some who were disabled due to sickness and accidents. At that
time my friend and I were approaching sixty years old. Suddenly he
took a ruler from his belt, pulled it out to where you could see the
seventy inch mark. He said a man's life expectancy is about seventy
years, providing you do not have a fatal accident. He put his finger
on the sixty inch mark and said: Art, you and I are about here on
this rule. Look at how much life is behind us and how little we have
left. He then said, if we plan to do anything we had better get to
it. Even if we live beyond seventy, we might not be able to do too
much. I have thought a lot about our little discussion that day. It
has led me to put together the scale you see above. It represents
those seventy years of life. Where are you on the rule of life? How
much have you done for God? What does God want from us? Hosea 6:6
(Hosea 6:6) For I desired mercy,
and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt
2617. checed, kheh'-sed; from H2616; kindness; by impl. (towards
God) piety; rarely (by opp.) reproof, or (subject.) beauty:--favour,
good deed (-liness, -ness), kindly, (loving-) kindness, merciful
(kindness), mercy, pity, reproach, wicked thing.
is saying he wants our love and He wants us to get to know him, and
for us to increase our knowledge of him. God knows if we get to know
him that we will surely love him. How do we get to know more about
God? 2 Tim 2:15 tells us.
2:15) Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the
glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
To increase our knowledge about God and really get to know him, we must get into his
Word. He is the Word. The more we are in his Word, the more comfortable we become about
all things. We can then have a fulfilling relationship with Him.
(Rev 4:11) Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour
and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure
they are and were created.
We all like pleasure and God is no different. Have you brought
God some pleasure lately? I ask you again, where are you on the Rule
of Life? The next few verses are for something to think about.
(Prov 8:17) I love them that love me;
and those that seek me early shall find me.
(Exo 20:12) Honour thy father and thy
mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy
God giveth thee.
And unto one he gave five talents, to another
two, and to another one; to every man according to his several
ability; and straightway took his journey.
Then he that had received the five talents went and
traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
And likewise he that had received two, he also gained
(Mat 25:18) But he that had received one went and digged in the
earth, and hid his lord's money.
(Mat 25:19) After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
And so he that had received five talents came and
brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me
five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and
faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will
make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy
He also that had received two talents came and said,
Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained
two other talents beside them.
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful
servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee
ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
(Mat 25:24) Then he which had received the one talent came and said,
Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast
not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strowed:
And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the
earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
(Mat 25:26) His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and
slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and
gather where I have not strowed:
Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the
exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own
Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him
which hath ten talents.
(Mat 25:29) For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he
shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away
even that which he hath.
(Mat 25:30) And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer
darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
man's duty while on this earth?
(Eccl 12:13) Let us hear the
conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments:
for this is the whole duty of man.
What is man's duty on this earth? To make a long story short
(to keep God's commandments).
given each one of us some kind of talent. It don't have to be some
great thing in the eyes of man. Just something between you and God.
Do what you can. As the saying goes, bloom where you are planted.
Start now. It's never too late. That's the nice thing about God,
when you realize you need to do something about your life, and for
him, and do it, he rewards you well. The earlier you start doing
just that, the more blessings you will receive when you get to be
with him. Let God be the ruler of your life. He rules all anyway. You
might as well enjoy it.
for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to
show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and
vain babblings: for they will increase unto more
In His Word,
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