January 3, 2018
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes his covenant known to them.
A New Year, a New Gift: Investing Your Time for the Kingdom
Welcome to 2018. Every year on December 31, the world waits with anticipation for that clock to strike 12:00 a.m. and a new year to begin. When it does, we celebrate. We enjoy the company of friends and family. We eat traditional foods and drink punch. We may even break out the pots and pans to make some noise! New Year’s is a moment when we reflect on the passing of time and look with anticipation at the time to come.
What makes New Year’s even better is that it is a reminder of God’s gift of time to us. Beneath the noise, the fireworks, and the sound of Auld Lang Syne, what we are truly celebrating is a gracious God who gives us 365 more opportunities to be his vessel. To be used by him to spread light in a dark world. Just as every breath is a gift from him, every year is a gift that we should use to serve him. You see, our time is not our own. It is God’s. And he is asking us to invest that time for his kingdom.
So, how are you managing your time? Are you investing it or wasting it?
C.S. Lewis said, “There is no neutral ground in the universe: Every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.” Use today to determine if you are using God’s gift of time wisely. Read the passages and the Sanders quote below. Ask God to help you make the most of your time.
O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!
-Psalm 39:4 (ESV)
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
-Ephesians 5:15-16 (ESV)
The manner in which [a person] employs the surplus hours after provision has been made for work, meals, and sleep will make him either a mediocrity or a man to be reckoned with.
-J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, 113
Are you using your time wisely? Strive to live your life in such a way that when you stand before God to answer for how you invested your time, will he be able to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” – Matthew 25:21 (ESV)