2 Corinthians 4-6

"As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain."  II Corinthians 6:1, NIV 

For the 20th year in a row, I spoke to the graduating seniors from Happy High School and talked to them about the fact that it was "their turn". I use this talk just about every time I get to speak to a new group of young people, because I remember the impact this same talk had on my sweet wife and I about thirty years ago, shortly after we were married. The talk was given by a dear friend named Jack Carter who has since gone on to his reward, but his unique thought of "It's Your Turn" will live on in our memories for as long as we live.

The gist of his message was that it is "your turn". You can use it to get drunk, indulge in promiscuous behavior, run after a multitude of sinful pursuits, live for the almighty dollar and die with all the toys...

but, there will be a day of reckoning for such behavior! Whether we believe in God or not, whether we believe in the Judgment or not, whether we believe in Hell or not, there will still be a day of reckoning when we give an account to our Holy Father for what we did during our turn.

But, as important as that fact is, I believe there is one even more important: We are called to something better! We are called to a worthwhile life of service to God! We are called to use the unique talents that God has blessed us with for noble pursuits! We are called to live forever.

And we can, you know, even if we have used our turn unwisely, so far. We can change on a dime, if we want, because God has given us something else during our turn:

Grace!

The only question is, will we use that grace to start over and live our lives in His way... during the rest of our turn?

As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. For He says,

'In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.'

I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation."

II Corinthians 6:1-2, NIV 

 

Aren't you glad that you are taking the time to study God's Word so you can see what He requires of "your turn"!