Spending Or Investing Our Time
Life is our most precious possession and we must not take it for granted. Right now, we are either wasting our life, spending our life or investing our life. It is each individual who determines which course (we as individuals) to follow.
For a moment, let’s think about time. Time waits for no one. It’s the one resource over which man has no control. There’s no substitute or replacement.
A great thing about time is that it comes only one day at a time. It doesn’t all descend on us at once. Thank God!
In the total time allotted, the LORD provided blocks of time called days, months and seasons in which to accomplish our work for Him.
Since time is of such vital importance for us, we need to ponder some pertinent facts set forth in the Word of God.
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Each new sunrise and every day thereafter, that we’re privileged to live, is a day of opportunity for service and for growth.
We are now in the future that we looked forward to yesterday, and if we take human life in little chunks like today and tomorrow and pack them full of faith, love and goodness, then the distant far off tomorrows will very likely take care of themselves.
God warns us that time is short.
James 4:13, 14
13Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14Whereas 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.
So if the yesterdays have not been all we hoped for them to be, Paul tells us in
Philippians 3:13, 14
13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
So whatever mistakes we’ve made or failures we’ve had, we must let it be in the past. Ask God’s forgiveness and draw what knowledge and “know how” we can from those and press onward and try to make this a better world as we make ourselves better people.
Since we know that Jesus’ coming for us is nearer than ever before, Paul states in
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
If Jesus should come tonight, and He could, would we be able to say as Paul did in
2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Today and tomorrow are days of opportunity. Let us use them. God warns us that we should “redeem the time”, that we should free it from the captivity of the unimportant and less important things in life…because the Bible says
Ephesians 5:15, 16
15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
The days are evil in that they are filled with influences that rob us of time, that steal away the precious moments we should spend in fellowship with God and in sharing His mercy and truth with others.
Spiritual growth is attained by learning to say “no” to all the thousand influences which are not bad in themselves, but which simply take the place meant for Jesus and therefore they’re “deadly” because they compete with Christ.
God has a right to a definite part of our time. He has the power to take all of it.