How to Have a Life That Will Last -- By: Adrian Rogers

Journal: Faith and Mission
Volume: FM 12:2 (Spring 1995)
Article: How to Have a Life That Will Last
Author: Adrian Rogers

How to Have a Life That Will Last

Adrian Rogers

Bellevue Baptist Church
Cordova, TN 38018

A sermon delivered in Binkley Chapel
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wake Forest, NC, October 11, 1994

Would you take the Word of God and find Mark 14, please? I want to speak to you today on the subject, “How to Have a Life That Will Last”-how to do more than just merely draw your breath and draw your salary. What I am going to ask is this: A thousand years from now would it make a difference that you lived? I heard about a boy named Willie who left his job; somebody else wanted Willie’s job, and he said, “I came to apply for the vacancy that Willie left.” The boss said, “Willie didn’t leave any vacancy.” What I mean by that is, when Willie was gone he wasn’t missed. I wonder: When you are gone, will you be missed? Or to put it another way, are the things you are living for worth Christ’s dying for? What will it matter that you have been here? Look, if you will, in verse 3. Mark 14:3 reads,

And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, [that refers to Jesus as He was having dinner], there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard, very precious; and she brake the box and poured it on his head. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, “Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor.” And they murmured against her. And Jesus said, “Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, that wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.”

Now there is a celebration; there is a feast. They are celebrating the resurrection of Lazarus from the grave. Lazarus is at the table, and Jesus is there. Some of the high-muck-a-mucks, proud and noble, were there. Mary was there, and Martha was there; Martha, no doubt, was in the kitchen making biscuits. And

Mary is there-she is looking at her brother Lazarus who has been brought back from the dead, and she is looking at Jesus, her Lord and Master, the One who has done it. Her heart is filled with love; her eyes are brimmed wit...

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