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The Most Important Thing in Life (2 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to Deuteronomy 6, and we are continuing a study of THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE. As we travel about we find so often that young people are not able to make the proper decisions about the things of the world. Christian dads and mothers are saying that their children are arguing with them about what is right and what is wrong, saying, "Why can't we do like other people? Why must we NOT do this or that?" There must be a standard. There must be a reverence for that Standard among our young people. It is troubling Christians.
I was sitting at a table the other day with a preacher and his wife and his young daughters. In a previous meeting one of the daughters had accepted Jesus as her Saviour. Now she was almost grown. As we sat at the table I began to talk with her. I said, "Are you coming to the meeting tonight?" and she said, "Yes." I said, "Why are you coming?"
Now, she knew I loved her. I wasn't trying to make her uncomfortable in any way. I was just trying to make her think. "WHY are you coming?" That's a pretty good question to ask. Why do YOU go to church? Why do you go on Sunday morning or Sunday night?
What is your MOTIVE? What is your object? What is your HEART-feeling about this matter?
This girl came up with the right answer! She said, "I am coming to worship the Lord and to serve the Lord." We were about to leave the table and go our separate ways, and I looked at her and said, gently, calling her by name, "Let me tell you something, with all my soul. I want you to make THE WORD OF GOD the most important thing in your life. Make up your mind that you are going to read God's Word EVERYDAY, to FIND OUT how GOD wants you to live. Then during the day, to the best of your ability, LIVE as God has said to you in His Holy Word. Then your life will be a SURE SUCCESS. This is the most important thing in life."
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