Redeeming Your Time
In the light of our calling to win the lost world to the Lord Jesus Christ, I would like to share a few thoughts with you about the importance of using our time wisely.
God has given each of us a specific life span here on earth. As the Creator and author of life, only He knows how long it will be. Whether we live to be 20 years or 85, He is the One who made the decision on the number of our days.
And in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them (Psalm 139:16).
The time God has given us is an incredible gift. Each day is like a blank piece of paper, and God allows us to write on it whatever we wish. That means we are given the awesome opportunity to turn our 24 hours into something that honors God and lasts for eternity—or we can live for ourselves, the world and the devil.
The saddest thing is that most people, including Christians, don’t recognize the preciousness of time. They simply waste much of it on meaningless things such as sitting around doing nothing, idle talk and selfish living.
Time is the one thing in our lives we cannot replace. Once an hour, day or year is past, we cannot go back and relive it. Our life span is like a burning candle. It can only give off light until the flame has consumed the wax.
The Bible clearly tells us that we have only one chance on this earth to live for God and use the time and opportunities He has entrusted to us. After our lives are over, He will require an account of what we did with them:
It is appointed for men to die once, and after this comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
Jesus lived an extremely time-conscious life in a society and among people accustomed to the slow rural village style of living. He made statements like these:
My hour has not yet come (John 2:4).
My time is at hand... (Matthew 26:18).
Where did His time-consciousness come from? It came from His understanding that God had a fixed timeline for this earth, for every human being and for His own life as Redeemer. Jesus knew He needed to exactly follow His Father’s timetable in order to fulfill God’s will and the prophecies regarding Himself.
It also filled His heart with an overwhelming urgency for the souls of men who were perishing and would be lost forever unless they could be reached with the Gospel in their lifetime. In the light of all this, Jesus could not afford to waste even an hour of His time or pursue His own interests.
Jesus wanted His disciples to be consumed with the same time-consciousness and urgency for the ripe harvest fields as He was. This is what He said to them—and says to us today:
We must work the works of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work (John 9:4).
Do you not say, “There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest”? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest (John 4:35).
As followers and servants of Christ, let us examine our hearts to see whether we truly share His likeness in redeeming the precious time God gave to us on this earth.
Did you know that 30 minutes could make a huge difference for eternity? Every day 80,000 people of our generation die and face eternity, most of them never having heard the Gospel. Imagine what God could do to reach them if you and I would redeem just 30 minutes of our wasted time each day! In one week, each of us would gain three hours and 30 minutes to spend in intercession, witnessing and discipling others. In one month that would become 15 hours; and in one year, 182 hours and 30 minutes.
I want to challenge you to take a good look at the way you spend your average day. Then make a decision before the Lord to daily redeem 30 minutes of your wasted or selfishly used time in building His kingdom.
The coming of Jesus is closer now than it ever has been. Let us use the time we have left in such a way that it will honor Him.
With love and prayers,
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