So Little Time
But this I say, brethren, the time is short.... ~1 Corinthians 7:29a
Someone has once said, “We master our minutes, or we become slaves to them; we use time, or time uses us.” Benjamin Franklin said, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” Seneca said, “We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end to them.” The Apostle Paul said, “The time is short.” This morning. let us reflect upon our use of time.
There is the standard of time.
Everyone has the same amount of time. There are 24 hours, or 86,400 seconds, to every day. Time is a gift from God. The successful person and the person who is a failure both have the same number of hours in a day. A person with no trials has the same number of hours as a person going through trials. There are events that we orchestrate and there are those assigned to us by God. The question is: how are we using our time?
There is the shortness of time.
Our life is like a vapor that is here one minute and gone the next. The older we get, the more we look back at our life and ask, “Where did the time go?” Our time with those we love the most in life is very short. Those married for many years look back at how quickly the married years went by. Parents raising their children are amazed at how quickly time goes by. We need to make the most of our time with the people we love. We need to make the most of our time in serving God. We need to make the most of our time in making sure we are in the will of God. Time is short!
There is the stewardship of our time.
Our time needs to be carefully planned and managed. We will give an account to God one day of where, in what, and how we invested our time. Time is given to us to be invested in lives and projects that will be blessed and encouraged. We cannot make up for lost time. Therefore, we must maximize our opportunities and live each day as if it were our last day. We must consider our time in terms of how more can be done. Do you live by a schedule? Do you say "no" to things that would be a waste of time? Are you a good steward of your time?
There is the cessation of time.
Time stops when our life is over. There will be no more opportunities to live for God. There will be no more opportunities to give to a special offering. There will be no more opportunities to give a witness to loved ones who are not saved. There will be no more opportunities to say, “I love you.” There will be no more opportunities to be saved. When time is over, it is time for the sinner to meet with God. When time is over, it is time for the Christian to give an account of what kind of material he built his foundation with. When time is over for the Christian, we will want to be able to testify, as Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
Time is short. Be sure you are saved. Be sure you are living in obedience to God and doing His will. Enjoy the time you have in this life, but do not waste it in pleasures and indulgences that you will regret.
Have a faithful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Kings 20-22