Time has long been called the great equalizer of humanity. As Christopher Rice so aptly puts it,
“Every day is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we’ve got 24 hours each.”
The question, then, is not whether or not you have time, for by nature every being that is living and breathing has time, but instead, how will you use that time? To state this question in terms of today’s article subject, how will you steward one of your most important resources?
I pray that you will spend it working. Since the beginning of time, the concept of work has been at the forefront of man’s purpose for existence (Eph. 2:10). In fact, we find the command to work in the very first chapter of the Bible! God wasted no time providing Adam with the responsibility and the opportunity to work. Now, I am not merely referring to one’s vocation here, for I believe that “work” extends far beyond what we have deemed the “workplace”. Rather, “work” is any time we expend our time and energy for God’s glory. Bearing that definition in mind, I would like to present to you several key ways in which you can spend your time productively (working).
Spending Your Time in God’s Word
There are few resources more valuable than time, and yet, we find one of those resources in God’s Word. Why is it so valuable? One could fill an entire library with reasons for the value of the Bible, and yet, John Piper summarizes it best when he says:
“God, the Creator of the universe, the one who holds all things in being, and who therefore knows everything there is to know, and who is infinitely wise, and full of grace and truth — this God inspired the writers of the Bible in such a way that the Christian Scriptures are the infallible word of God.”
Why is the Bible valuable? Because it’s written by God! It’s literally the handbook on all of life, and it’s authored by the one who created it. One would have to be a fool not to treat its words with great care and intentionality, and yet, unfortunately so many of us fit into this category. We take God’s Word for granted and spend little to no time in it. Don’t make this mistake. Meditate on the infinite worth of the Scriptures, and resolve to spend time in them. There is no greater use of your time.
Spending Your Time in Prayer
While there is no better way to spend your time than reading God’s Word, there is something of equal value, and that is prayer. If God’s Word is His way of communicating His desires, will, and everlasting wisdom to us, then prayer is our way of responding. It is our way of participating in the communication process.
In theory, prayer seems like a simple enough concept, and yet, it is one that is often forsaken—particularly by young people. As I write this, I am the pot calling the kettle black, for there are few disciplines of the Christian life that I struggle more to uphold than prayer. I often go throughout my entire day and only realize as I close my eyes to sleep that I have spent no time in prayer that day. In the midst of all of the other so-called “important” things I fill my time with, I forget to communicate with God. What a twisted sense of priorities this is! Don’t forsake prayer. Set aside time to talk with your Creator.
Spending Your Time with Loved Ones
After spending time in God’s Word and prayer, there is no greater investment than that of spending time with your loved ones, for they are your legacy. They are what matters. They are what you leave behind, and no amount of programs or other accomplishments will ever take their place. While I have heard of many who have mourned over a lack of time with their loved ones, I have never heard of anyone who has complained at the end of his life that he spent too much time with those he held most dear. There’s nothing wrong with programs. Heck, I love programs. I love goals. But don’t become so focused on the program or the goal that you forget the reason behind it: people.
The value of time cannot be overstated, and it waits for no one. Don’t let it pass you by. Make the most of this important resource that God has gifted you with.
“You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin