The Unwasted Life: HeartStrong Faith Conference
The Unwasted Life is NOT the Striving Life.
The Unwasted Life is NOT the Exhausted Life.
The Unwasted Life is NOT the Perfect Life.
The Unwasted Life is marked by a perspective of the brevity of life:
Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Psalm 39:4-7 “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. 5 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” 6 We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. 7 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.”
Colossians 3:3-4 says “For you died when Christ dies, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.”
The Unwasted Life values Christ above all other things:
Philippians 3:7-8 “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him.”
Revelation 2:2-5 “I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars. You have patiently suffered for me without quitting. But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first. Look how far you have fallen from your first love! Turn back to me again and work as you did at first.”
John 15:4-5 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
Psalm 27:4 “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek most: that I may dwell in the House of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in his temple…
Psalm 27:8 “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come & talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.’”
John 15:7-8 “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Matthew 10:37-39 “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine, If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will find it.”
The Unwasted Life is marked by a continual hunger for God:
1 Peter 2:2-3 “You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries out for milk, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness & goodness.”
The Unwasted Life does not dwell on the past, but presses on in the present to become all that Christ has for us in the future:
Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (press on toward that day that I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be) 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do (focusing all my energies on this one thing): Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to receive the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Believing the promises of God from Isaiah 61:
We are called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.
“I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels.”
Believing the promise of Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Philippians 1:6 “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Colossians 1:12-14 “giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (“God has purchased our freedom with His blood and has forgiven all our sins.”)
He’s looking for hearts willing to say:
“Here you go, my life is yours.”
2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD range (move to and fro) throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
Isaiah 6:8-9 “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Don’t miss YOUR divinely appointed calling and impact by longing for SOMEONE ELSE’S divinely appointed calling.
It’s the moments that make our days, the days that make our years, and the years that make our lives.
Are you missing the moments that build your lives?
The Unwasted Life is marked by evangelism, stirred by a heart for the lost:
Philippians 3:18-19 “For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.”
Acts 20:24 “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”
The Unwasted Life is fixated on Christ’s 2nd Coming & Eternity:
Philippians 3:20-21 “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return as our Savior. He will take these weak mortal bodies of ours and change them into glorious bodies like His own, using the same mighty power that He will use to conquer everything, everywhere.”
Romans 14:12 “So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.”
2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies.”
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 “For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, [a]precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test [b]the quality of each man’s work. 14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
WILL IT BE SAID OF YOUR LIFE?
“THIS LIFE WAS NOT WASTED.”