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DON'T WASTE YOUR LIFE

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You are an ambassador of the Kingdom of God; don't waste your life in the prusuit of sea shells.

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2 Corinthians 5:18–21 NLT
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

You are ambassadors of Christ!!!

God is wanting to partner with you in bringing reconciliation to this world.
The God who breathed the stars into existence wants to partner with us in restoring this world back to him, back to love, joy and beauty!
Yet, so many good intentioned people never answer this call but instead waste their life.
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Today I ant to encourage you - Don’t Waste your life!

Let me tell you two quick stories to show you the difference between a life wasted and a life lived with adventure and purpose.
Retired couple hunting for sea shells.
Mother Teresa.
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You might say I don’t want to be a Nun, Pastor, Priest, Missionary or anything like that.

I would say good. While the Church needs Nuns, Priests, Pastors, and Missionaries what the Church really needs is..........
Doctors who live as ambassadors of Christ
Teachers who live as ambassadors of Christ.
Nurses, factory workers, mechanics, engineers, entrepreneurs, accountants, and lawyers who live and work as ambassadors of Christ.
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You see what God wants from you is, for you to take your

passions,
loves,
desires,
skills
and abilities
and use them, succeed in them, and to use these as a tool to bring reconciliation in this torn world.
Here is the thing, business has more influence over the population than does a Sunday service. You can have a greater impact in business for the Kingdom of God than I can as a preacher.
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Ephesians 2:8–10 NLT
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Eph 2:
Jesus said it this way – let your good works shine before men so they will praise your heavenly father.
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I’m not going to lie to you though. If you choose to live as an ambassador of Christ. If you choose to live to bring reconciliation into this world. You will face some of most fierce and serve opposition you can imagine.
Being a Christian is no longer cool.
Being an active follower of Jesus working towards reconciliation in business, the arts, the medical field etc. is dangerous.
In other words, I am challenging you to take the hard road, the most challenging road, the road that leads to the most value, and the path that will leave you satisfied. I am asking you to allow God to use you, to make a difference in this world.
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You are an ambassador for Christ!

You are God’s masterpiece, created to do the good works he has planned for you.

God sees your life as significant and full of purpose.
Don’t waste it by chasing after riches so you can retire in FL to dig for sea shells.
Use your passions, your gifts, your visions and dreams to partner with God in making this world better.
Live to bring Life, Joy and Beauty into this world.
Live to bring reconciliation to a broken world.
LIVE!!!!
Don’t Waste Your Life!
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You were given purpose when you were born, you were given dreams and passions, and God has given you skills and gifts. You are now ready to start a new adventure of honing those skills either in the workforce, Military or the University.
If I could give you one bit of advice it would be this. Do not settle for cushy and comfortable. Be Audacious, Adamant and Adventurous, Don’t waste your life. Serve the broken, abused, hurting, used, and forgotten. Use your passion and gifts to change the world… And never stop!!!
The fear we should have is not death or even failure rather, it is never accomplishing the dreams God has placed in our hearts. Play it safe and then you die. Risk it all and then you die. The only difference is the one who played it safe dies with regrets and the one who risked it all dies knowing there was nothing left to do.

Don’t Waste Your Life!

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