Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sowing Wild Oats

Many people feel they need to sow their wild oats while they are young and just "have fun."  Chuck Swindoll, one of my favorite preaches, was in Okinawa when he was a young man stationed in the military.  He said many of the young men came there for the purpose of sowing their wild oats.

One of the men, who became a very good friend of his, came for that very purpose.  He slept around, drank, and partied it up all in the name of "fun."  One night, very late, he stumbled into Chuck's room very drunk and sat on his bed and cried.  He had contracted a disease and told Chuck that he was having no fun at all.

Chuck shared the Gospel, the Good News, with him and he was saved that very night.  Chuck watched a powerful transformation take place in this young man's life.  He went on from there to live a God-honoring life.  Oh, the mysterious, amazing ways of God!

You see, people today think living worldly is fun.  All you reap is pain and bitterness.  Satan is the father of lies.  The world's ways lead to a path of destruction.  God's ways lead to life, life abundant.  

Continually teach your children God's ways.  Listen to good sermons and praise music.  Dwell on the lovely, the good, and the pure.  Be joyful always.  Let your children see that living for Jesus is the only way to live.  

As obedient children, 
do not be conformed to the former 
lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 
but like the Holy One who called you, 
be holy yourselves also in all your behavior.
I Peter 1:14,15