“You know,” I commented to Stan one morning, “it seems like it was just yesterday that we celebrated Christmas, and now we’re headed into summer.”
“Yeah,” Stan replied. “It’s very common to sense that time is going faster and faster. Before we know it, it will be time to get on the train!”
“I can sure relate to that,” I said. “It seems that the days, weeks, months, and years whiz by faster and faster. And I wonder where the time went. I look in the mirror and wonder where the young person went!”
“In one of the apostle Paul’s letters,” Stan replied, “he addressed the question of time in a way that helps keep me focused on what’s important.”
‘What’d he write?” I ask.
“In his letter to the church in Ephesus, which certainly applies to each one of us today, he encouraged the readers to make the most of their time.”
“Make the most of their time,” I repeated, “that could mean a lot of things.”
“I think you’re right,” Stan replied, “but, to me, the primary emphasis on making the most of my time that God has given me is to use it for His purposes.”
“As in spreading the truth of the gospel so people know they can spend eternity in God’s presence when it’s time?”
“Certainly that,” Stan replied, “along with the truth of eternal life that John expressed in the seventeenth chapter of his gospel.”
“Where he wrote that eternal life is knowing God the Father and Jesus the Son?”
“That’s it,” Stan replied. “Seems to me that God has freely and graciously given us the gift of life eternally with Him when it’s time, and He wants us to pursue knowing Him and Jesus for as long as He keeps us on this side of eternity.”
“And what are we supposed to do with that knowledge?” I asked.
“Looks to me,” Stan replied, “like that’s the whole point of discipleship. If I pursue knowing Jesus and God the Father, I will know how I am to make the most of the time I have been given.”
“Regardless of how long that time is,” I commented.
“You got it, my friend,” Stan replied with a smile.
Bible verses to consider:,
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16.
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Colossians 4:5.
And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for the free and gracious gift of life eternally with you when my time here is completed. Thank you, too, for the time you have given me while I remain on this side of eternity. I confess that too often I do not make the best use of the time you have given me. I do that because I choose to use that time pursuing things other than what you have for me. Please forgive that foolish waste of time. And please, Father, help me in following every step of your lead so I do choose to make the best use of that time for you and your kingdom. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: Have you accepted God’s free and gracious provision of life with Him in eternity when your time here is completed? If no, why? Do you not know that there is no better use of your time, and that eternity is a long time to spend separated from God? If you are a Christian and have the assurance of salvation and redemption, how are you doing in using the time you have been given for this side of eternity? Are you making the most of that time by seeking to help build the kingdom? If you sense the need for change in how you spend your time, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?