Leonard Ravenhill – What is your life?

Leonard Ravenhill:

You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there’s a fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it.

Epistle of James:

For what is your life? It is a vapor

that appears for a little time and then it vanishes away.

You will never face a more challenging question than this text. Notice what it doesn’t say. It doesn’t say what is life, because if it did, nobody has an answer. It doesn’t say what is our life, or we would pool all our thinking. It says, „What is your life?” and it replies, „It is even a vapor that appears for a little time.”

couple tripYou hear people say, „Life isn’t just; life isn’t fair.”  One man said life is a feast, another wise man said life is a fast. One man said life is a paradise, another man said life is a prison. You see, the question here is very pointed, it is very personal, maybe very painful if you could answer the question. What is your life? It’s a failure. What is your life? It’s a success. What is your life? It’s a disappointment. But, actually, it explains to us by the very context that life is like a vapor, it’s like the steam- when you try to get a handful of it, it’s gone. And, in every case in the word of God, where life is referred to, life is likened to something that is very swift. It’s likened to a tent that men wrap up and move on with in the night.

Isaiah likens our life to the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven. Supposing we change the language? Paul says, „Christ in you.” With Christ, nevertheless I live. And yet, when Christ lives in me and the life which I now live here, in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.

If I was to ask you tonight, „Are you saved?” would you say, „Yes, I’m saved?” (If yes) When? „Oh, well so and so preached, I got baptized…” But, what are you saved from? Hell? Are you saved from bitterness, are you saved form lust? Are you saved from cheating, are you saved form lying? Are you saved from bad manners, are you saved from rebellion against your parents? What are you saved from?

90 % of the people in the nation are not saved, they claim to be. „Well, I’ve been to an altar, I’ve confessed my sins.” „Fine, fine, you confessed them. Do you know that they’ve done that at every Roman Catholic Church last Sunday?” A man needs more than to be forgiven. He needs cleansing. He needs more than cleansing, he needs indwelling. He needs more than indwelling, he needs in doing. I’m not asking you for one night to kneel down and make a confession, and after that your life is not changed, your lifestyle is not different, your prayer life is not different, come on…

If I say most people are half saved, do you know what I mean? You go to the cross, but not on the cross. You go and get your sins forgiven and seem happy. And you go and to the same sins again the next day. Come on, what kind of a salvation is that? Once a man is born again he doesn’t want another life.

I ask, „Are you really saved?” and you say, „I don’t really know.” Oh, supposing you carry a 100 lb sack on your back, and someone takes the sack off your back and you climb up to the top of the hill, and a man says, „Have you lost your sack?” And you say, „I don’t really know.” It seems that someone would know when someone else took 100 lbs off his back.

….So we love the things we love the things we didn’t like and hate the things we used to love. I don’t think anybody gets it better than Paul, when he writes to the Colossians, „If you have been raised  with Christ, you set your heart on those things above.” Set your affections on things which are above. Your life is now hid in God. Can there be anything more wonderful than that? Your life is hid with God. Not when I die, but even here on this earth.

I bid the world goodbye, not tearfully, but cheerfully. All of its pleasures, its pomp and its pride. And, that’s what Paul says the world means – a system of corruption, rottenness and vileness.

Is the world crucified to you tonight? Or does it fascinate you? And Paul says, „I got branded there, because all of my thinking is about Jesus.” Do you think he fooled around with the material things of his day? His head was branded, his hands, his feet. „Let my hands perform His bidding, let my feet run in His way, let my eyes see Jesus only, let my lips speak only praise. All for Jesus.

Are you just a Sunday morning Christian? Do you live and move and have your being in Jesus Christ every waking moment of your life? Has he got your thinking, let me finish with Paul’s words here, ” The past, we are risen with Christ, the present we are dead, but in the future, Christ is our life.” What does John say in his epistle? „He that has the Son has life, and he that does not have the son does not have life.

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  1. The Master's Slave
    feb. 23, 2013 @ 10:23:16

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