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In an age of long annual holidays and short working days, brethren have more spare time on their hands than ever before. How that time is used is, in some ways, a test of our faith. With higher wages and modern technology, many objects of pleasure, once the preserve of the wealthy, are now within reach of the majority. Thus having the time to indulge and money to possess this world's goods, there is a danger that service for Christ will be set aside. Jesus said that the "cares of this life" would be the cause of many being found unprepared for his coming (Luke 21:34-35).
True brethren of Christ will consider carefully whether their service to Christ will be compromised by the purchase of items of pleasure. Things such as boats, caravans etc. may be harmless enough in themselves, but their use may initiate a decline in our service. All the things Jesus mentions as characteristic of the days of Noah were harmless and "lawful" in themselves: "They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage" (Luke 17:27). Their sin lay in their pre-occupation with satisfying their own desires and pleasures, to the exclusion of God. Jesus warned that the "days of the Son of man" would be like the days of Noah. The apostle Paul also warned that, in the perilous last days, men would be "lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God" (2 Tim. 3:4).