Time Is Passing

That time is relative is obvious to all.  Time flies when we are having fun and drags by during difficult hours.  Time is a friend to children during the summer and an enemy to the prisoner burning off a sentence.  Benjamin Franklin warned “do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.” John Wayne’s character, Wil Andersen rebuffed his little cowpokes in the move the Cowboys, for “burning daylight.”  You can’t really save time but it can certainly be squandered.  We don’t have a limitless supply of this precious commodity so “redeeming the time” is important (Colossians 3:5; Ephesians 5:16).

Our father’s taught us that “time is money.”  This figure of speech perhaps serves us best in realizing that we only have so much time and we will be judged by how we spend each precious moment.  Be wise to budget your hours and moments carefully for we know not when our time here is over.

It seems harder to impress upon the young how valuable their time is.  As we grow older we realize just how short our lives are and how prized our moments should be.  How should each of us spend our time?  What is the best exchange we can make for each minute of our time?  There are several things we should be sure to accomplish during the time we do have.

Fear God and Keep His Commandments

A wise preacher taught me this world is a “vale for soul making” and that our time is a time for fitting our lives for heaven.  Solomon instructs us that the whole of man’s existence is to “Fear God and keep His commands” (Eccl 12:13).  Fearing God comes from recognizing His Holy nature and our human failings (Matthew 5:3, 4).  Jesus clearly declared our love is proven by obedience to God’s commands (John 14:15; 15:14; 1 John 5:2-3).

Love God and Neighbor

Just as God loves us we are to love Him and those created in His image (1 John 4:20).  The greatest commands that form the basis of all others is: “Love God with our whole being and our neighbors as ourselves” (Matthew 22:38, 39; James 2:81).  It takes a lot of our time to demonstrate our love for the Lord and for our fellows.  Sadly, we see many who make love of self a greater priority than loving God and others.

Increase the Kingdom

Our time here is well spent when we bring others to the savior.  Philip understood this and went home to find Nathanael.  The Samaritan woman demonstrated the proper spirit in that she evangelized the whole town (John 4:28-29).  Jesus saw soul winning as the pinnacle of purpose in the Christian life (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Romans 10:18).  Christian friend your priority in life needs to be to tell others about Jesus.  Don’t buy into the lie that because it is not your talent to teach that you are not obligated.  No one can do this for you.  Get busy for the field is “ready for harvest” (John 4:35).

Time is Fleeting

The odd thing about time is that it slips away much faster than we realize.  Those good things we plan to do will not be done if we wait for a convenient time to do them.  It takes purposeful living to accomplish what God intends for each of us to do.  Let us be quick to the Lord’s work for “night is coming when no man can work” (John 9:4).

Some of the saddest words in the Scripture regarding the slipping of time are those of Jeremiah “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” You do not know if tomorrow will ever come, “today is the day of salvation”  (2 Corinthians 6:2).

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2 Comments on “Time Is Passing”

  1. Don Esch Says:

    Amen to that. And, the older you become, the faster time seems to fly by. Don’t waste time. Love your family and your neighbor. Let others know of how God has blessed you.

  2. Joe Chase Says:

    Great points Don. If people could only see how quickly time is gone we would cherish our time with family. Thanks for the comment.

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