In considering time in our world, Ephesians 5:16 teaches, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Every Christian should be taught how to “number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). In order to help us realize just how important time is, consider the value of these different moments in time:
- To realize the value of ten years, ask a newly divorced couple.
- To realize the value of four years, ask a graduate.
- To realize the value of one year, ask a student who has failed a final exam.
- To realize the value of nine months, ask a mother who birthed a still born.
- To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who has birthed a premature baby.
- To realize the value of one week, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
- To realize the value of one hour, ask the ones dating who are waiting to meet.
- To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who has missed the plane.
- To realize the value of one second, ask a person who has survived an accident.
- To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the silver medalist in the Olympics.
Unfortunately, time waits for no one. Not only should you treasure every moment you have, but you should use it to the utmost. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” The Lord has put within us a desire for something outside of time, i.e. heaven, so that we might consider and desire something better and everlasting beyond this life.
First Peter 4:1-2 says, “Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.” Don’t squander your time by doing what is wasteful and ultimately unnecessary. Realize the value of the gift you have been given and act in righteousness and faithfulness toward the Lord.