Imagine if every day you were given £86,400 and it was up to you how you spent it. That is a lot of money! There’s just one rule: you can’t save any for the next day.
If you were sensible you’d probably spend it on the essential things – food, bills etc. You’d possibly use some of it for new clothes or the fancy car you’ve always wanted. You might give generously to charity or buy gifts for others. Quite possibly you may end up wasting a lot of money.
In a way spending money is similar to spending time. Each day God gives us 86,400 seconds and it’s up to us how we use them. There are the essential things – eating, sleeping and working. There is time spent doing things which make us feel good or are for our benefit. Then there’s ‘sacrificial’ time spent doing good for others.
The question is how much time is wasted by not accomplishing anything? We can’t save time like we can save money. Time wasted lazing around on a Thursday afternoon isn’t given back on a Saturday morning. Time is one of God’s many precious gifts to us. It’s right that we give at least some of it back to God. In the Bible, God tells us that we shouldn’t live like fools but like the wise, and that we should make the most of our time. Why? Because one day time will run out. God has set a day when Jesus will come back to judge this world, and we need to make the most of each day to draw near to Him. So how do we make the most of our time?
For a start think about all the amazing things God has done for us. A short time spent each day in prayer and Bible reading will help develop an appreciation for God. We should also spend time doing things for others, as Jesus did. We are told to love each other as much as we love ourselves.
So today and every day let us consider how we spend our time because “this is the day that the LORD has made”.