Luke 21:34 “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.”

One of God’s commands to the believer is found in Romans 12:2 where it says, “And be not conformed to this world:…” The reason not to be conformed to the world is because we are living in the last days. We have been living in the last days since the return of Christ to Heaven after His resurrection. Jesus’ cautioned His disciples to “take heed” to themselves, “least at any time” their heard be “overcharged.” The word “overcharged” carries two definitions. First, it means to be overloaded. In other words, Jesus was telling the disciples they must be careful about loading their life up with the things about which they were to take heed. The second definition of the word “overcharged” is to overwrite. In other words, we must beware about allowing those things for which we are to take heed from overwriting the responsibility of the believer. Now, how do we keep our heart from being overwritten? You keep it from being overwritten by not loading onto your heart those things that would cause you to be conformed to the world. Jesus dealt with three areas of our lives where we must be careful about overloading or overwriting our hearts.

First, don't overload your life with the possessions of the world. The word “surfeiting” is simply talking about an overabundance of possessions. Is there anything wrong with having possessions? No! However, adding possession after possession to your life will eventually cause your heart to be overtaken with the world. It is easy to become enraptured with the possessions of the world. However, when possessions take over your heart’s focus, your focus for serving God and reaching the souls of mankind will diminish. Don't have to have possessions to be happy, but only have the possessions to live and let your happiness come from serving God.

Second, don't overload your life with feeding the flesh. Jesus warned the disciples about not being overcharged with “drunkenness.” Yes, the believer should never drink alcohol, but alcoholism is only a result of feeding the flesh. My friend, your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, and NOTHING should control you other than the Holy Ghost. Anything that becomes a vice in your life should be put away so that the Holy Ghost is in full control of your life.

Third, don't overload your life with living for pleasure. Jesus’ warning to the disciples not to be overcharged with the “cares of this life” was a warning not to live for pleasure. Living for pleasure will keep you from living for God. It is not that God doesn't want you to enjoy life, but He doesn't want you to live for the pleasures of this life. Let me explain this through way of illustration. When I worked at a factory, most of those I worked with lived for the weekends so that they could watch sports or go to the lake to go fishing. I was the sole person who lived for the weekends so that I could serve God. This is what God is trying to teach about living for the cares of this life. Don't live your life for the cares of this life, but live your life to serve God. There is nothing wrong with enjoying these things of life that God has given on this earth to do, but don't let those cares take you away from serving Him. We only have a short time on this earth, and anything that would keep us from serving the LORD must be put away so that our impact of life comes from serving God.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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