Sermon

Inconsequential Life?

Nothing in life is inconsequential. This poem is Chyrle’s from Whispers of the Day.

An inconsequential life;        lived out in deep regret.
What could change the circumstance;         about which now I fret.

What difference could be made            if I in time went back?
What changes would I then make;       to fill what I now lack?

Friendships that evaporate,       as tho they never were.
Covenants now lay broken;       and vows are now a slur.

A world where nothing matters;         lest money is involved.
Where oaths of deep devotion            are easily dissolved.

Such emptiness for most men      would break the heart indeed.
I guess I’m not as most men;        for consequence I’ll plead.

Gen 5:21-24 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. 22 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

Heb 11:5-6 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

I. He walked with God

Walking with God, what a possibility for us. Three times in the NT we get this idea of “always praying”. Once with the unjust judge with the admonition to keep approaching God with our petitions even though he begins to seem like the “unjust judge”. Walking with God has to be more than getting our petitions fulfilled. The other two mentions come with the two phrases with the idea of being “counted worthy”.

To be in a state of being counted worthy includes the idea of being always in prayer.

I balk whenever I talk with a charismatic Christian who informs me that they pray always. But, let’s think about Enoch, he walked with God and God enjoyed this fellowship. Can we try it for a day, a week or a lifetime?

Ps 1:1-3 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree

Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Prov 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Be sure that there is nothing insignificant about your life.

Try this: tomorrow share your life with God as you go through your day. Each time a person comes to your mind offer up a prayer for them to God. Bring every thought into captivity so as not to give any ground for the devil to work in. At the end of the day, take the time to rehearse the day with God before you take in what I am sure will be a very peaceful sleep.

II. He pleased God

I realize I have over spiritualized this concept of walking with God. You are welcome to define it differently as long as do it scripturally.

The fact of the matter is that Enoch walking with God pleased God.

You might say that it was Enoch’s actions that pleased God. But, the fact of the matter is that his actions were a reflection of the fact that he walked with God, just like Noah did.

Col 1:9-14 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Here are a few things that please God: our ways, our offerings, obedient children, sharing with others and being a serious disciple.

All of this is predicated upon our living in relationship with Jesus. Quite frankly, the more time we spend with Jesus the more we will live in a way that pleases God.

So I repeat my challenge to try and live a day in communion with God. Some call this a visitation from God, I call it “Enoch’s stroll”.

III. God is a rewarder

Hab 2:2-4 Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. 4 “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.

You have read it, I have preached it, and yet we all know that it is a walk of faith.

From our text:  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Heb 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

There is a context to this verse. Most of us when we first got saved had to undergo some difficult struggles. Many of these struggles were with the flesh and our will. We all had an internal struggle where we had to touch God by faith believing that “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”. The admonition is that after coming out of those early battles victorious, we would cease our walk of faith, and “draw back” looking to our own abilities to navigate through life.

One last time, I challenge you to walk by faith, walking with God, pleasing Him just as Enoch did.

Conclusion

I alluded to Luke 18:1 and the “unjust judge” and the need to pray always. Here is some further context: Luke 18:8…Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

I alluded to Luke 21:36 with the connection between praying always and walking in a worthy manner. Here is some further context: Luke 21:34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.

I alluded to 2 thes 1:11 once again with Paul praying always that we would walk worthy. He makes this statement just before this: 2 Thess 2:1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,

Walking with God, pleasing Him combined with always praying and walking in faith have Enoch being raptured…and what should we expect for ourselves?

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About hansston

Pastor a church in Sparta.
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