The misuse and squandering of resources. God condemns the waste of resources which he provides, especially spiritual provisions such as grace and opportunity. Sometimes extravagance in God’s service is mistaken for waste.
Spiritual teachingMt 7:6Spiritual teaching is wasted if inappropriate to the spiritual capacity of the hearers. See alsoPr 9:7; Pr 23:9; 1Co 2:14
Examples of wasted lives
EsauEsau lived for the pleasures of the moment and threw away his spiritual inheritance:Ge 25:29-34; Heb 12:16
SamsonJdg 16:18-21 Though Samson did retrieve something at the end of his life, his spiritual gift of supernatural strength was largely wasted through his indulgence in sexual immorality.
King Saul1Sa 16:21; 2Sa 1:17-27 Through natural strength and spiritual gifts Saul had the prospect of establishing a successful royal dynasty. The future was lost through disobedience and the end of his reign was wasted through jealousy.
Judas IscariotMt 27:3-5 Judas had the best of opportunities—three years with Jesus Christ. This was thrown away in a moment of personal ambition.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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