As believers we know that time is running out. At some point Christ will return and bring this world and thing we call ‘time’ to an end. We will then give an account for what we did with our life. The Bible says, “each of us will give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12) Basically even as Christians we will have to explain what we’ve done and why we’ve done it. I don’t know how specific it will be, but it is kind of a scary thought when we think about giving an account for how we spent our time.
We have a lost world to reach, yet how much time do we spend basically goofing off? We are supposedly on a mission to save people, but we often act like we are on a perpetual vacation to enjoy the planet. I’m not suggesting we have no recreational fun in life. This isn’t a challenge to stand on the street corner with a megaphone and hand out gospel tracts 24 hours a day. But if you are proud of yourself for spending an hour at church every week, and you feel like a missionary because you prayed over your lunch in the cafeteria at work, you may not be spending your life with the evangelistic intentionality that marks a person trying to save people from a burning planet.
If you needed to make more money, you’d figure out how to get some extra work in your day. If you needed to lose weight, you’d figure out how to get to the gym. If your best friend passed away, you’d make time to attend the funeral. If your marriage was on the rocks, you’d make space on your schedule for counseling. But are you willing to make time to serve God better?
The apostle Paul encouraged the early Christians to not waste their time. He told the church at Ephesus, “Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise - making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17) The fact that the days are evil is apparently added motivation to be intentional about how we spend our time. If everything was fine, perhaps we could spend time differently, just accumulating wealth and living a life of spiritual ease. But obviously, this is not the case.
If we spend our life following our own will, we are foolish. Imagine that… God calls us foolish if we don’t know His will. That doesn’t sound very Christian, does it? Actually, knowing God’s will is very possible and wildly important as we go deeper into time. The more difficult life gets, the more of God’s wisdom is needed to succeed. God wants a wise family.
Well, I know you don’t have much time today, so I will not keep you here reading this. But you do have all the time you need to accomplish whatever God’s will is for your life. So hurry up and serve the Lord today. Someone else is running out of time and is not ready to meet God. So live your life in such a way that they can meet Him now.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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