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0703 Don't Waste Your Life

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Jesus came into this world (LA sleeping)
Jesus became man (Becoming an ant)
Jesus died (People die all the time, not people like Him. We can’t make this sacrifice)
Our life ought not to be dearer to us than Jesus’ life was to Him. The apostles and martyrs acted on this principle.
You don’t choose to pick this life up but you can choose to lay it down!
If Jesus valued my salvation that died for it, I must value at least the same to live for it, and share it!
Jesus knew above all the importance of salvation and the horrors of hell.
James, the son of Zebedee and the elder brother of John, was killed by Herod Agrippa.
Matthew, the tax-collector who wrote his gospel in Hebrew, was preaching in Ethiopia when he suffered martyrdom by the sword.
James, the brother of Jesus, administered the early church in Jerusalem and was the author of an Epistle by his name. At age 94, he was beat and stoned, and finally had his brains bashed out with a fuller's club.
Matthias was the apostle who filled the vacant place of Judas. He was stoned at Jerusalem and then beheaded.
Andrew was the brother of Peter who preached the gospel throughout Asia. On his arrival at Edessa, he was arrested and crucified on a cross, the two ends of which were fixed transversely in the ground (this is where we get the term, St. Andrew's Cross).
Peter was condemned to death and crucified upside down, at his own request, because he said he was unworthy to be crucified in the same manner as his Lord.
Jude, the brother of James was crucified at Edessa.
Bartholomew preached in several countries and translated the Gospel of Matthew into the language of India. He was cruelly beaten and then crucified by idolaters there.
Thomas preached the Gospel in Parthia and India, where pagan priests martyred with pin spears, then tortured with red hot plates on his body, and finally burned alive.
Phillip evangelized at Phrygia where hostile Jews had him torturted and then crucified upside down.
Simon, surnamed Zelotes, preached the Gospel in Mauritania, Africa, and even in Britain, where he was crucified in about 74 A.D.
John, the "beloved disciple," was the brother of James. From Ephesus he was ordered to Rome, where it is affirmed he was cast into a cauldron of boiling oil. He escaped by miracle, without injury. Domitian afterwards banished him to the Isle of Patmos, where he wrote the Book of Revelation. He was the only apostle who escaped a violent death.
Judas was so distraught at betraying Jesus that he committed suicide.
You can waste your life (Disciples held on to it)
You can wreck your life (Judas did)
You can lay your life (Jesus and apostles)
Your life that Jesus gave you that you never gave back is now wasted!
At best we will waste it, at worse we will wreck it!
Your sacrifice is someone’s salvation. Your selfishness is someone’s damnation.
Christ laid down His life - it resulted in healing. Adam held his life - it resulted in sickness.
- both in garden; under tree, on a tree; reached, nailed; My will, They will
“Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” C.T. Studd
“No fool is man who gives what he can’t keep to gain what he can’t lose” Jim Elliot
170k will be martyred because they sharing their faith. 2 percent share their faith. 80 percent has never shared their faith
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