I believe that we have all experienced how easy it is to waste our lives. We can let the moments of our lives pass away as we sit in front of the TV seeking to be entertained. We waste our lives as we discover one more excuse to work later rather than going home to our families. Life passes us by when we give into that voice in our head asking for some more “me time” rather than obeying God’s call.
Vacation, Sabbath, and alone time are important because we need time to recharge our batteries and anchor our lives to Christ Jesus. We should never feel guilty for getting the rest that we need.
Life is filled with responsibilities. There are the obligations of work we must meet and the expectations of our family that we must fill. These things are important and we should never feel guilty about fulfilling our obligations.
We need to be conscious about how we are use the time God has generously provided to us. Remember: How we use our time determines the direction of our lives.
The apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians:
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do (Ephesians 5:15-17, NLT).
To make the most of every opportunity means that we buy up the time we have been given. This requires that we redeem the time from this evil age by bringing the moments of our lives into God’s glorious Kingdom.
This starts with prayer so we can align our will with the will of God. Knowing God’s will is the first step of obedience.
Redeeming the time also requires us to be intentional in the way we live our lives. We can’t idly sit by and allow the moments of life to slip away. We need to take the time to discover God’s will, then we need commit to follow His will, and finally we need to make the effort to obey God’s will.
God has left it up to us to decide whether or not we are going to redeem the time He has given to us.
To make the most of our lives and to live wisely requires that we redeem the gift of time God has given. We do this by dedicating our lives to God’s Kingdom. This is the best use of God’s gift of life.