Under New Management 2
Vance Havner said that when he was saved as a young boy, he did not understand very much theology but he understood that he was under new management. When I was saved in middle age I did not understand very much theology either, but I knew that God was going to make some changes in me and my life that I had been totally unable to make for myself. What was more important to me was that He changed my eternal destiny from Hell to Heaven. In the three decades plus that I have been saved, I have learned that He wanted to make a multitude of other changes in me and my life here and now. The issue of where I will spend eternity has been settled forever. The only important issue that remains is whether or not my life here on earth will be pleasing to Him. He has given me the promise of eternal paradise. How can I withhold my short little life from Him?
James 4:14: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.Wow! He gives us eternal life and we give Him a temporary vapour.
Mark 8:35: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel*s, the same shall save it.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Romans 6:4: Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Multitudes prefer to believe in a Saviour who will not or is unable to change their person and their life. They believe in a non-existent Saviour. They have an idol. Even many believers walk in their flesh rather than in the Spirit. They temporarily make their flesh happy which is a poor substitute for the joy of the Lord. By the way, carnal Christians are also weak Christians.
Matthew 25:23: His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Acts 20:24: But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Romans 5:11: And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Nehemiah 8:10: Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
It would be incredibly foolish to live our lives under old and fruitless management and postpone the joy of the Lord until we get to Heaven.