Recently I went to a 90th birthday celebration. Like all of us, he wonders…where have the years gone? We are created with an eternal instinct. We know that this chasing after life isn’t quite right. Yet the world we live in sets our deadlines, whirls away our days, and demands we go all out while we still can.
The Bible is not silent on time. Throughout the pages references are made as to how we spend our days, what was happening in a particular time, what will happen in future days. During the brief period before Adam and Eve succumbed to desiring to be their own God, time wasn’t a concern. But ever since: birthdays and last breaths, work schedules and vacations, youthful bodies and old ones.
“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 BSB)
A relentless ticking away of minutes and hours we can’t slow or speed up. We make “bucket lists” knowing our time is ticking away. But wait – all this is living like this is all there is. The thing is, there is eternity for every man and woman. The question is – where will it be spent? “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom the work that God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11b BSB)
I wish I had special insight into how to “make the most of time” – how to “make it count” – how to actually have enough hours to “do it all”. Alas, I think that’s part of the journey: realizing that this isn’t how it’s supposed to be; which makes us long for a place where time never runs out.
Seems only a few, throughout history, truly used the time allotted them wisely: Noah followed God’s instructions (and the rest of his days were spent on the other side of destruction). David spent a great deal of his time writing, singing, even dancing for the Lord (and though his days held sorrow at times, his heart was one God told us was very special). Their life lessons transcend time.
Think of the Billy Grahams, the martyrs throughout history, the missionaries. All chose to use their days in service to the Lord. We aren’t all called to make big imprints on history like these. But we are all called to use our time for Jesus. No matter our calling – businessman, politician, mother, hairdresser, teacher, inventor – all are called to use where we are in time to bring glory to God.
“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” (Revelation 1:3 NIV)
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