So Little Time
But this I say, brethren, the time is short.... ~1 Corinthians 7:29
Someone 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 it 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.” Since we are still in the early weeks of the New Year, it is fitting that we 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 in 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. As we get older, we look back on our life and sometimes ask, “Where did the time go?” Our time with those whom we love the most is very short. Those who have been married for many years look back at how quickly the married years went by. Parents who are raising their children are amazed at how quickly time goes by. We need to make the most of our time with the people whom 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 that 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 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 was our last day. We must consider our time in terms of how much 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 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 get 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 upon his foundation. When time is over for the Christian, we want to be able to testify like Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
Time is short. Be sure that you are saved. Be sure that you are living in obedience to God and doing His will. Enjoy the time that 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: Numbers 5-6