Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.” (Ephesians 6:15-16)
In this passage Paul strongly encourages us to spend our time wisely. This is not to say that we deliberately live foolishly, but rather that we often live without clear goals and objectives. Sometimes days, weeks, months and even years pass by without our knowing where the time went.
How should we invest the time God gives us? Let me suggest four areas that are important:
1) REST – A part of God’s original plan for man was for one day out of seven to be a time of rest and recuperation. “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God.” (Exodus 20:9-10) Scripture teaches us that even Jesus took time to rest His body.
2) RECREATION – Laughter is a gift from God. Proverbs 17:22 tells us that “a cheerful heart is like good medicine.” What a shame it would be to live a life that never has any time for laughter and the enjoyment our family and friends. I once read that every person should take at least a 5 minute mini-vacation every day.
3) REVIVAL – Surely spiritual renewal would be a wise investment of our time. Such renewal includes a daily time in the Word of God, as well as prayer. Spiritual renewal should also include our coming together in corporate worship.
4) RESPONSIBILITIES – Each of us have various responsibilities that we need to fulfill every day. Such responsibilities include things at home, our places of employment, and the church. Sometimes we say that we do not have enough time to do all that needs to be done, yet often the problem is not in the lack of time, but the lack of planning. A man by the name of Charles Hummel once wrote a Christian essay called, “The Tyranny of the Urgent.” In it he said, “The issue is not so much a shortage of time as a problem of priorities. Or, as someone else once said, “Our greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important.”
Every one of us will have 1,440 minutes until this time tomorrow. That’s more than enough time for us to accomplish God’s will for our lives.