Pearle expounds the meaning of life
by Emily Grooms
CLEVELAND, Ga. (TMCNews) – Your life is seen by God, by those in authority, and the world; your life is life of service; and your life is either sweet or sour.
That's how Bob Pearle -- senior pastor of Birchman Baptist Church, Ft. Worth, Texas – described a Christian's life during a sermon he preached at Truett McConnell College's chapel service Oct. 25.
Pearle challenged students to contemplate the meaning of their lives as he made several observations. "Often, we are too busy living life that we don't ever stop to contemplate it," Pearle said. Preaching from James 4.14, Pearle emphasized the brevity of life: "Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away."
"I'm asking you the same question James asked," Pearle said. "What is your life?"
Every life is seen by God, Pearle stated. "Have we really contemplated the depth of that truth?"
The truth of one's character is seen when no one is watching, Pearle added. "Your life is an open book. God hears and sees everything we say and do." No one can fool God at any time, he said.
"If we were cognizant of that truth, wouldn't it make a difference in how we lived? Pearle asked. "Your professors, your parents -- they watch and see what you do."
Pearle noted the importance of a consistent lifestyle: "Your life is seen by the world," he said. "It tells of your values, of your morals, of your convictions, and of your priorities."
Pearle cited Lance Armstrong's life, saying it was not what it seemed: Repeatedly denying for years the accusation he used performance enhancing drugs, 7-time Tour de France winner Armstrong was convicted in 2012 of the charges and stripped of his title wins.
Noting his second point, Pearle said, "Your life is a life of service. You either serve Christ and his church or you serve the world. You're going to serve one or the other; the question is: 'Who's your master?'"
One of the greatest joys is to serve God and your fellow man, Pearle said. "It's important to get out of yourself and serve others."
Pearle reinforced God's purpose for Christians: to be his witnesses and to bring others to him by the way we live, he said. "The problem is, we make too many excuses for not serving Christ."
Citing several individuals in the Bible who made excuses, Pearle said Moses couldn't speak and Jeremiah was too young. "God doesn't look at those things; He looks at the availability of our lives."
"Some of you make excuses about being too busy to serve God," Pearle stated. "Unless you learn to discipline and prioritize your life now, you will never do it later."
"How's your attitude?" Pearle asked, stating his final point. "Your life is either sweet or sour; and whether you like it or not, it's contagious."
Reiterating the brevity of life, Pearle cited Psalm 39.4: "LORD, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; let me know how transient I am."
Pearle noted the concern James had for believers. "He's saying life is short; don't let it pass you by."
While living life, Pearle said it's important to think about life: "It doesn't consist of material things but of serving God."
"Is your life committed to Jesus Christ? he asked. "Do others see an outward testimony?"
Pearle challenged students to look into their lives, decide if they're truly committed to Christ, and to think through their decisions.
"As you contemplate life," Pearle said, "Know that yours makes a difference."
Emily Grooms is a Truett-McConnell student and a freelance writer for the college.