There will always be distractions in life, because we know from scripture that the agenda of the enemy is to steal, kill and destroy – (John 10:10). As a result of his agenda to steal from us, the enemy knows if we can waste time, then our purpose will never be realized and our destiny will be aborted.
Procrastination is a time stealer and it simply means to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done. I have been guilty of this many times, and as a result, I have missed many wonderful opportunities to excel. In the Bible, there is a story of procrastination that gripped my heart because of the greatest opportunity missed.
It is the parable of the ten virgins who were preparing for the bridegroom return (Matthew 25:1 – 13). Five of the virgins were fully prepared with their lamps and oil, but five of them did not have oil. The story points out that the bridegroom was a long time in coming and the virgins became drowsy and fell asleep. Then suddenly at midnight the alarm was sounded that the bridegroom was on his way.
They all awoke and the five who was prepared began to put their lamps together for his return. But the five who had sufficient time but intentionally put off getting the oil was left stranded and in fact never made it to the wedding at all.
This parable was a real eye opener for me, because I realize every day we are gambling away our future with the notion that we still have lots of time while being distracted by unimportant things like social media, television, games, text messages, and the list can go on. Today I want to encourage you to take a look at what you are investing your time in and ask yourself, “What am I putting off intentionally that could hurt my future that I should be doing right now?” Once you have identified it, simply make the decision to not put it off anymore; redeem your time!
Prayer: Lord, help me today to not be like the five virgins that chose to gamble with their future. Help me to break off this time stealer of procrastination from my life, and thank you for your hearing me!
Valuing Time Leads to the Redemption of Lost Time
While preparing my sermon on time in 2015, I came across this headline in The Huffington Post, “You Can Determine What You Value by Where You Spend Your Time,” written by Scott Anderson. The statement really caught my attention and I spent time just pondering on it. I came to realize that time is a currency which we invest and whatever we invest our time in will also bring a return, be it good or bad rewards.
When we gain wisdom that time is so short in comparison to eternity, the words of God, the instructions of God, start to have new value. We must recognize that time invested in God’s plans and purposes for us will only bring the best rewards. When we value time, we can actually redeem lost and wasted years. The Apostle Paul, in writing to the Church in Ephesus, encouraged the saints to live in obedience to God’s words because the times they were living in was full of deceptions of the soul. It was much like our times, and he was warning them that the choices or decisions they make could either steal their time away from the kingdom or they could redeem the lost time.
Every time we make a choice to follow God’s way, what we are doing is obeying His will for our lives, and that in turn frees up more time for us to accomplish more for Him. We can actually do more for the kingdom when we don’t have to keep cleaning up the messes of our poor choices.
I have come to value time more now that I am a bit older because I realized the years left are but a few, but when I was in my twenties I thought I had all the time in the world and that led to so many destructive decisions in my life. I want to encourage you today to take a look at the choices and the decisions you are making on a daily basis and take stock of how much you really value time.
Prayer: Lord, help me today to make better choices and decisions so that I can redeem lost time.
Valuing Time Births Wisdom
When you take a view of your life in context of eternity, it really causes you to become sober-minded. Thomas Edison said, “Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” Many people think that more money will make them more valuable and wise, but the truth is when you learn to value the capital (time) you have been given, then you are on the path to becoming wise. When we learn to value time, in essence what we are really doing is learning to value our lives and those around us.
Imagine on a daily basis people are scurrying around using their time to accumulate wealth and riches while their families are neglected, their children go off on the wrong path and their health suffers. Jim Rohn said, “Time is more value than money, you can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” Once time is gone we can’t get it back, so today I want to encourage you to become wise by not compromising your relationships and health in the chase of unnecessary material possessions.
Be a present mom or dad using your time to create memories with your family that would outlive you! Invest the capital of time into strong, godly foundations for your family by making time to go to church together, maybe watch a family movie, or even have meals around the table. Invest some time in listening to the ones you love, because one day you will want them to listen to you.
The Lord Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (NIV) Our hearts follow our treasure; I pray today that you would treasure the capital of time and invest it wisely, because once it is gone you cannot get it back.
Prayer: Lord, give me a heart of wisdom so that I can govern my time.
Yesterday we looked at the beginning of time and we reasoned that if there is a beginning to time there must be an end. The Apostle Peter presents to us that time will end when the day of the Lord appears. In other words, when Jesus returns to rule and reign forever, time as we know it will come to an end.
He explains that everything we see around us and the world as we know it will dissolve and be destroyed by fire. He encourages us not to be so focused on the material things of this world because as time draws to a close all will be destroyed.
In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John talks about the new heaven and the new earth where there will be no night and the Lord will be all the light we need.
Wayne Jackson in his article from Christiancourier.com defines time this way, “Perhaps another way to explain it is to suggest that “time” is a historical parenthesis within eternity.” The fact is time appears very minuscule in comparison to eternity and this comparison gives more weight to the teaching of Jesus when he said, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world but lose his own soul” (Matthew 16:26). Everyday people are working long hours to build a life of material possessions while forgetting the time we have on earth is as it suggests only for a short period of time.
Psalm 90 is a recorded prayer of Moses where he identifies the approximate span of years given to man to be between 70 or 80 years. When we take the whole picture of eternity and you in context, it could be summarized like this:
Eternity = Forever
Time = historical parenthesis within eternity (civilization approx. 6,000 – 10,000 years)
You = 70 – 80 years within time (a drop in the bucket)
Selah – pause and think about it!
With this new understanding you have gained on time, what will you do differently today with your time?
Prayer: Help Me, Lord, to value my time.