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Remember Your Creator in the Days of Your Youth (7 of 14)
Ecclesiastes 12:1-8, 13
INTRO: Have you ever known someone who is always late for everything? They are always in a rush just to catch up because they are always late. At times, this kind of habit can be costly, they miss out on important things or information be¬cause of a late arrival. How much better to be on time and start early, this is precisely the idea behind this passage.
ILLUS: LIKE THE MAN WHO CAME RUSHING UP TO A FERRY HE NEEDED TO CATCH TO GET ACROSS A LAKE, HE ARRIVED BREATHLESS AFTER RUNNING FULL STEAM TO GET THERE, BUT THE GATEMAN SHUT THE DOOR IN HIS FACE, HE JUST MISSED THE BOAT! A BYSTANDER REMARKED TO HIM, "I GUESS YOU DIDN'T RUN FAST ENOUGH!" THE DISAPPOINTED MAN ANSWERED, "I RAN FAST ENOUGH, BUT I DIDN'T START ON TIME." TO ACCOMPLISH THE MOST FOR GOD IN A LIFETIME YOU MUST START EARLY ..."IN THE DAYS OF YOUR YOUTH" Ecc. 12:1 – SOURCE UNKNOWN
Statistically we know that the longer a person goes without accepting Christ the less likely they are to find Him ... the patterns of our life are set down in our youth. How important it is then to remember God in our youth!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us the importance of knowing God in our youth, this sets patterns in our life that will help us through the rough points in life as well as giving us the opportunity to be the most productive for His kingdom.
I. FOUNDATION SET! Ecclesiastes 12:1
A. Patterns Ecclesiastes 12:la
1. The author (probably Solomon) recognized how important it was to know the Lord as a young person, he is writing here at the end of his life.
a. The significance of this principle is born out by modern studies which show that with increasing age there is even less of a chance of someone coming to Christ.
b. The percentages for a born again experience decrease with age.
2. The reason for this is obvious; we establish "patterns" in our youth that carry through ...
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