Monday, November 13, 2006

Time - Use it or Lose it

Have you ever studied "time" and thought about each moment of every day that comes and goes and is gone forever? Do we make the most of that moment? Is that moment used for selfish purposes or for God's purposes? Here's a poem that emphasizes how important it is that we use that moment wisely:

I've only just a minute
Only 60 seconds in it
Forced upon me - can't refuse it
Didn't seek it, didn't choose it
But it's up to me to use it
Give account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute
But eternity is in it!

Time was created by God for us. He does not experience time, He is not limited by it in any way. He designed time for us that we may use it wisely and for His purposes and for our good. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." In Psalm 90:12, the Psalmist asks God: "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." In Psalm 31:14-15, "But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, You are my God," My times are in your hands."

What does this all mean for us? Each moment counts with God. Every moment of every day is an opportunity to use it wisely for God's kingdom purposes or for our own selfish purposes. Focus on those things that will last for eternity, not on the things that will rust or fade away.

Colossians 4:5 in the Amplified Bible says, "Behave yourselves wisely (living prudently and with discretion) in your relations with those of the outside world (non Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity."

Look for ways to glorify God and enhance His work through your moments given to you today. Redeem the time well. Each moment is a gift from God. A moment used for God will not be lost---it may have eternal consequences.

Today is another day to serve God with joy,


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