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Topic: The Importance of Being Earnest (not about the play) (08/04/11)
TITLE: Earnestness vs. Carelessness, A to Z
By Tim Pickl
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Being the ardent difference, turning upside down the world.
Contrasted with the worldly attitude of pure carelessness;
Decisions based on fleshly feelings and raw selfishness.
Earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints:
Fight the good fight and always remember—Jesus reigns!
“Go ahead and do whatever you want whenever you want.”
“Hey, it’s my life and my body and my decision—why not?
Industrious servant, always listen for the voice of the Master:
Jump at every opportunity to reach out to the lost and minister.
“Kick them when their down, sure! It helps you get ahead!”
“Love them and leave them… it’s just a matter of when!”
Magnify Christ in your body, with boldness, not being ashamed:
Never give up, preaching repentance and baptism in Jesus’ Name.
“Oh, leave me alone—I don’t wanna hear about your stupid religion.”
“People like me have no hope—I live for sports and recreation!”
Quietly seek the face of the Lord, praying in your secret place;
Remember the precious souls around you, asking for God’s grace.
“So what! I don’t care what you think about me, I’m the boss.”
“Today I am going to buy what I want no matter what it costs.”
Urgently remember every soul faces judgment and eternity:
Vehemently repent daily; and teach others Truth, so they’ll see.
“Whatever. It was all about me; but…it doesn’t really matter…”
“‘X’ marks the spot—that’s where I’ll be buried, under that letter.”
Yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit: always trust and obey.
“Zap! There went my life—I beg you to teach my family The Way.”
Scriptures from the New King James Version (NKJV):
1 Corinthians 15:58 … abounding in the work of the Lord
Acts 17:6 … upside down
Jude 1:3 … earnestly contend for the faith
1 Timothy 6:12 … fight the good fight
Philippians 1:20 … Christ magnified in my body… not ashamed
Acts 2:38… Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
Matthew 6:6… pray in secret
Hebrews 9:27… once to die
2 Corinthians 7:10-12… vehement desire
John 16:13… Holy Spirit guide into all truth
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