Planning to Waste Your Time

Sermon Passage: James 4:1317

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.


The clock is ticking.
Have you planned for the future?
We plan for the future based on the predictable pattern of our lives, but who knows what tomorrow will really hold?

90 years –  Your Age x 12 months x 60% = # of waking months left in your life.

Today only happens once.
Will you waste it?

When things don't go our way . . . 
1. We thought we were driving our life.
2. We thought we were giving the directions.

We're God's backseat drivers.

We plan our lives without considering him then tell him to bless us. That's functional atheism. We've got our retirement 401k plan where we make a deposit every Sunday morning so we can retire in our great Time Share in the Sky.

Every minute of your life tells a story and takes you somewhere.

How much of it invites God's presence?

If you are at the center of your own life plan, you're planning to waste your time.

When you plan . . .
1. Don't assume you're calling all the shots.
2. Ask God how you should spend your remaining life.

Jesus doesn't say you're on your own to make this plan. God acknowledges Jesus is the main planner of your life. Remember Proverbs 3:5–6:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.