Time

Joel Plantinga

Read: James 4:13-17

What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. (v. 14)

We’ve been entrusted with three great resources in varying degrees: time, talent, and treasure. When our faith walks, it expresses itself in all three ways. Today we begin with the one asset we can never have back: our time.

Not to be morbid, but you’ll all be closer to your death after you’re done reading this than you were when you started. (Hopefully I didn’t accelerate anything!) The truth is that time is relentlessly moving forward and while many in the world seek to slow it down, those who are wise focus their energies on redeeming each moment to the best of our abilities (Eph. 5:16).

We are regularly reminded by God’s Word that time is fleeting and the day of the Lord is approaching. Don’t be paralyzed by fear! We live in a moment of incredible opportunity to share the gospel with our world. Live out of an urgency that comes from understanding that opportunity.

There will always be urgent things that demand your immediate attention. But what are the important things that you can do today that bear lasting fruit? How can you direct your time as a gift back to the one who gave it to you as a precious gift?

“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24)! —Joel Plantinga

Prayer: Lord, show me how to best use my time for your glory and kingdom purposes. Amen.