If we could step out of earth’s regimented time machine and view the ages from a heavenly perspective, we would realize—we’re passing through life at an immeasurable rate of speed. But although the journey is brief, each person is given ample time to choose their eternal destination.
You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:14b, NIV).
Time is for earth’s use only.
Now let’s return back to time as we know it and see if we’re using it wisely, and the best way to tell is to ask ourselves these two questions: 1. Does my conduct reflect Jesus Christ is my LORD and Savior? 2. Do my actions show I love my neighbor and my enemies? Traveling outside these two guardrails is time wasted.
If ye love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15, KJV).
Time wasted is time lost.
A few questions to think about:
- How much time do we waste justifying our unforgiveness toward others? (Matthew 6:15)
- Do we waste time deceiving ourselves that we can love God and still do people wrong? (1 John 4:20)
- Do we squander time gossiping and faultfinding? (Psalm 34:13)
- Do we eat up time plotting vindictive schemes? (Romans 12:19)
- Do we blow the time we could use to grow spiritually? (2 Peter 3:18)
- Are we guilty of wasting time on other matters while we put God on hold? (Isaiah 55:6)
So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12, NKJV).
We must ask the Holy Spirit day-by-day to search our hearts and tell us if we’re using our brief stay on earth to glorify Him or ourselves?
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24, KJV).
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