They say you can tell a lot about a woman by the contents of her purse. I say you can tell a lot about a person by how they fill their life or rather their time. Let me ask you a simple question, one you have maybe even never sat down to ponder before. What do you do with your time? Let me explain.
We have been on the road now for few days out on the East Coast. In the midst of our travels we stopped to eat supper in Charlotte, North Carolina. While we were there, I noticed in the down town area, that there were a lot of people dressed in green. My dad (who is traveling with us on this trip) said that it was because of St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Now, call me crazy, but I did not know that people really got all that into St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe that’s because I’m Swedish rather than Irish, but it was just amazing to me to see what people will do with their time or how they fill their days on earth with the time God has blessed them with.
Besides people being dressed up in green, and one man looking like he left his pride at the front door to dress up in one ridiculous, green outfit, what stuck out in my mind was a remark that I heard from a girl passing by as she was walking with her two friends. They were traveling from one bar to the next and she said we’re going to dance our (for lack of a better word to use other than the one she did) behinds off.
It is amazing to me what some people do with their time. They absolutely waste it!
The Bible tells us to redeem the time because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16). We are living in evil days. What are you doing about it? What are you doing with the time that God is giving you here on this earth?
We do not know when our time is up. Tomorrow night might be your last day. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
Let me ask you a question, if you knew you had only one week left to live, how would you live your life differently than you have been up to this point? Are there a whole bunch of things that you would change and do differently? Would you spend more time with your kids? Would you ask that person you have wronged to forgive you? Would you repent and get your life right before God (Galatians 3:24; Psalm 51:17)?
You can be sure that if there are a whole bunch of things you would change and do differently, then you are not living your life right, now.
When you stand before God and give your account, what will be your excuse as to the life you did not live for Christ in action (2 Corinthians 5:10)? God gave you eyes to see, ears to hear, feet to go and for some of you, all you do is give the Lord your excuses.
Thank God (literally), that Jesus did not find an excuse to get out of the cross. He was obedient to do His Father’s will. His submission to the Father was demonstrated in his prayer in Matthew 26:39 where He said, “…Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” What Jesus Christ did on the cross was demonstrated love (I John 3:18) in action to redeem mankind.
Are you living for what Christ died for? Are you spending your time by wasting it away on things that don’t even matter? If you are, remember this: If what you are doing has no eternal value, then I suggest you make the choice to change and start doing the right thing.
Remember, the only things that matter in this life are those things that will remain in eternity.