Jn. 9:4 [NKJV]. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
Beneath the name on most cemetery monuments, the engraver inscribes the date of that one’s birth and the date of the death. A simple dash separates those two dates and represents that person’s time on earth. What will you do with your dash?
In a lifetime the average American will spend six months sitting at stop-lights, eight months opening junk mail, one year looking for misplaced objects, two years unsuccessfully returning phone calls, four years doing housework, five years waiting in line, and six years eating.
Jesus stepped into time and space during the days of His flesh. Jesus walked carefully to fulfill the hour for which God sent Him.
- Jesus lived an unhurried life but never missed a God-given moment.
- Jesus disciplined His days with early prayer, took time for the people, and reserved time for rest.
- Jesus spent time training the twelve and delegated the commission to the disciples.
- Jesus never let the temptation of temporary demands replace eternal plans.
- Jesus set His eyes to the cross and spent His days about the Father’s business.
Just before turning twenty years of age, Jonathon Edwards in the seventieth of his Resolutions wrote, “Resolved: Never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can.” A wise soul-winner will make the most of every opportunity.
Benjamin Franklin said, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.” Billy Graham observed, “Every morning we have 86,400 seconds before us to spend and invest. Each day the bank named ‘Time’ opens a new account. It allows no balances, no overdrafts. If we fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is ours.”
Jas. 4:14 [NIV]. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Somebody once advertised as follows: “LOST, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward offered, for they are gone forever.”