The Tragedy of A Wasted Life

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).

A sad old man dying of cancer told a pastor friend this tragic story:  “Years ago in Sweden, God called me to preach – to this I agreed, if He would enable me to sell my farm.  The very next day a man made me an offer, but I hesitated, telling him to return on the morrow.”

“After prayer, I promised God that I would preach if the buyer would agree to take my job as Sunday school superintendent.  The man said, ‘That is the very chance I have wanted.’  He paid me for the farm; but, rather than using the money to prepare for the ministry, I went to America.

“The first year in America, my wife died, leaving me with five children.  Very soon after that, my oldest daughter died.  Still I would not surrender to God’s will.  I preached a little on the side but did not obey God in giving my full time.  I lost a good business, pleaded bankruptcy and left town.

“Then I went into the hardware business and prospered for a time, but one of my sons who assisted me in the work began a systematic robbery of the till.  Again I was forced into bankruptcy.

“These things did not come upon me accidentally.  They were the hand of God.  Now I am dying of cancer – I have only three months to live.”  Weeping he said, “I know I am saved, but, oh, the loss!  I will soon be ushered into HIS presence to give account of a whole life of disobedience.”

What a tragedy!  Wasted time, talents, treasure and testimony.  He might have become the “Moody” of Sweden.

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