Time is one thing that we all share as equals. We all have 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day. Sure, we may not live as long as the person who we know lived to 95, but a question we have to ask ourselves is, “Are me making the most of the time that we have?”
Some time back I came across this saying that brought home to me the reality of making time count. It went, “Time is time while time doth last! All time is no time when time hath past.” Time is one thing that we cannot get back no matter what we do.
Paul, when writing to the Ephesian church, says in Ephesians 5:15-16, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”This verse comes in the middle of a series of commands relating to Christian living, and all of these throw some light on how we can live in way that makes this a reality. Let’s highlight some:
- 5:1 - Be imitators of God
- 5:2 – Walk in love
- 5:3,4 – Don’t have the presence of sexual immorality, impurity, greed, or even frivolous talk.
- 5:8 – Live as children of light
- 5:11 – have nothing to do with the useless deeds of darkness
- 5:15 – Live wisely
- 5:17 – Understand the Lords will
- 5:18 – pursue the filling of the Holy Spirit.
As I look through these the one thing I am made aware of is that a life that is lived to the fullest is a life that is lived bigger than oneself! When we get what we have been called to be as these verses indicate, we get to make every moment count.
Some of my spiritual heroes never lived long but left an amazing legacy for us to follow. This was mainly because they applied these truths in their lives. One example is Robert Murray M’Cheyne who lived to 29 years of age and yet he has been remembered as a hero of the faith. As I was reading through his memoirs, the following 2 entries stood out for me that highlighted the fact that he wanted every minute to count.
July 19, 1836 was the day his cousin died and he wrote, “Oh, how I repent of our vain controversies on Establishments when we last met, and that we spoke so little of Jesus! Oh that we had spoken more to one another! Lord, teach me to always be speaking as dying to dying.”
July 31, 1836. “Sabbath – Afternoon, on Judas betraying Christ; much more tenderness than I have ever felt before. Oh that I might abide in the bosom of Him who washed Judas feet, and dipped His hand in the same dish with him, and warned him, and grieved over him, - that I might catch the infection of His love, of His tenderness, so wonderful, so unfathomable.”
With desires like that, no wonder his short life has been remembered for so long! The challenge is think big thoughts of God, eternity, and the high calling you have received.
How you can make every moment count? Something to think about. Next week I will share 10 practical ways that I think we can make every moment count.