By Pastor Segun Doherty
“Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh, For childhood and youth are vanity.” – Ecclesiastes 11:9-10
The wisest man said to enjoy one’s self but chipped in that there are judgement. To me, I will call this a contradictory advice. But God never says what He doesn’t mean and never means what He doesn’t want say.
There are few things we can open ourselves to from the bible passage.
- Life is a loan. In a nutshell, to paraphrase the bible passage, I would say that life is a loan. One day whether we like it or not, we will pay it back. And if we live long till Jesus comes, we will pay it back equally. How do we then reckon this? (Genesis 2:7, Ecclesiastes 12:7)
- Your body is a loan. If life is a loan, your body, my body, our body is a loan, therefore be careful how you use your body. You need the body to fulfil divine agenda, if the body is tired the spirit will depart. Stop filling your body with junks, keep your body healthy.
- Your spirit, who is the real you, is a loan (Genesis 2:7). The spirit in you one day will go back to God who made it. Be careful how you go about things because the breath that came to you from God will go back to the giver.
- The Holy Spirit in you is a loan. For a born again believer, tongue speaking and full of anointing, the Holy Spirit in you is a loan. (Proverbs 20:27). If you grieve the Holy Spirit, He can leave because He is a gentle spirit.
- Your tongue is a loan. How you use your tongue matters to God. (Matthew 12:36). We will give account of the words we speak. Your tongue is expected to be used to praise God, not to tell lies, curse people, plan evil, or join forces with those who are not in Christ to do that which they are doing. I pray the praise of God will never depart from your tongue (Amen,). If you use your tongue wisely, it should become your glory. (Psalms 57:8, Proverbs 18:21). When you talk about the tongue, it all bores down to three things, power, gift and anointing. It is with your tongue you release power into people’s life (John 6:63), here are gifts released through your tongue.
- The power, gift and anointing you have is to be used throughout the world (Acts 1:8). Be careful not to abuse the anointing, the power and the gift of God that God has given to you because you will account on them one day. Why? Because you will be judged for all God has given to you. (Matthew 25:31-40). As much as God will do this, He will judge also on what each one of us has failed to do (Matthew 25:41-46). God will also judge on what you have said (Matthew 12:37). You will also be judged by what you fail to say (Ezekiel 32:8-9).
- You will be judged on the example your life gives. Many people out there are no longer reading bible, even we Christians some of us only pick the bible on church days. The bible says we are an epistle read by all men. (Matthew 18:6) if you cause anyone to stumble, you will be judged fir it. People nowadays are no longer reading the bible, they are watching our actions and the way we compose ourselves as children of God. They are watching what you didn’t say and what you say (Matthew 5:28)
- You will be judged for your motives. That which you are doing, why are you doing it? (1 Samuel 2:3). God weighs our actions more. Why you are doing what you are doing, God knows, He will judge on that.
As we work with God, we need to know that whatever God has given us is a loan; whether we like it or not we will pay it back. Nobody goes to the bank to take a loan and not want to pay it back, the bailiffs will be after such fellow. But God doesn’t have to run after you before He catches up. (Luke 12:16-21).
From this word, will you enjoy eternity? If you have been living your life as if it’s your own, and as if there’s no pay back day, now that you know one day you will pay it back, permit me to invite you to surrender that life to Christ Jesus.