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The Evening of Your Life Is Determined by the Morning of It.

January 27th, 2014 Posted in sermons

I committed my life to Christ at age 17. Did I miss anything? I suppose I did.

I missed a lot of parties, a lot experiences that other kids my age had. Now, over 40 years have gone by and I look at what their choices and experiences have done to them. Some are in their fourth or fifth marriages. Some are still addicted, still living an empty life. When I think about those things I ask myself, did I really miss anything?

For me, life has gotten better. Not easier or less complicated or less pressured or more trouble-free.
But definitely better, sweeter, richer, deeper, more satisfying.

Every day, every month, every year of walking with Jesus gets better and better.

You might say, “Greg, that’s a nice, pleasant message to preach at a retirement center, but what’s it got to do with me?” The truth is, it’s a message that’s even more important for younger people.

Why? Because you determine the end of your life at the beginning of it, the evening of your life by the morning of it. You decide today where you’re going to be 20 years from now, by what choices you make and what roads you take.

I wish I could sit down and talk with Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. They both professed Christ earlier in their very young lives. I would like to tell them that the list of people who have destroyed their lives with drugs and drinking is very long and many of them were very young. I would tell them to recommit themselves to Christ and follow Him.And I would tell them to get some new friends.Godly ones that would encourage them in their faith. They would lose nothing and gain everything that matters.

God says, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days . . .” (Deuteronomy 30:19–20).

4 Responses to “The Evening of Your Life Is Determined by the Morning of It.”

  1. Forrest says:

    My dad left our family when I was 6 to ‘find happiness’ in the gay lifestyle. That was 48 years ago. He’s 82 now, lives alone with a couple of wiener dogs and is depressed and in poor health. His compulsive buying habits have rended financial chaos in his life and have obviously never yielded the happiness he thought he’d receive from his purchases. When I was 20 I turned away from a life of sex, drugs and rock and roll and gave my life to Jesus. I’ve been married 33 years, have lots of friends and family I’m connected to and have a successful CPA practice. I’ve tithed ever since I got saved and God has blessed me way more than I deserve. To find your life you have to lay it down at the Cross.

  2. Nancy says:

    Sheena’s response was perfect. If she is not a writer she should be! The peace I have found through walking daily with Christ has been the most surprising and wonderful part of my new life. I never knew peace before and I never want to be without it again. It is both humbling and empowering at the same time.

    • sheena mcneill says:

      Thank you so much for the compliment and I actually was considering trying to write. Thanks for the word of confidence.

  3. Sheena McNeill says:

    I’ve been walking with Jesus for about 5 years now. He has brought me out of terrible places. Looking back I can’t understand how I thought doing evil was cool, how I percieved wrath as strength,or how I passed my judgement as humor. Those ideas, norms for our generation, are so foriegn to me now. Such is Jesus’s love in me. I want to pass that love, that fire, in my heart on to everyone around me. I want them to know God is love, and if we let his love rule our hearts we could change the world. I feel like a new revolution is here, and I know now Jesus is hip. Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Unhindered Giving, are considered weakness in this culture. Oh but the strength they take and beauty they grow and truth they unviel and peace they provide are immeasurable. Praise the Lord for His Word and His love in my heart which helps me do all things.

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