I’ve heard it said that time is relative. For instance, when waiting for someone’s appearance, time seems to drag, but during a favorite outing, it seems to fly. God’s gift of time is to be cherished. He wants us to live in His moment, not necessarily ours.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
What time is it?
“Is it time to eat yet?” Kids often ask that question. Adults also ask questions such as, “When can I go to bed? I’m tired.” Or, “Why isn’t he home yet?” Or, “When is this COVID-19 going to end?” Our questions can cause us anxiety and even fear.
Growing up, I often looked toward the future instead of enjoying the day. I couldn’t wait for Christmas. For school to get out for the summer. To have boyfriends like my older sister did. For my kids to get out of diapers … in school … out of school. Many others may have thought the same.
The Bible has much to say about time. Revelation 1:3 tells us we’re blessed as we read and hear John’s prophecy as he wrote the book, and blessed if we keep those words, “for the time is near.” And as we await the second coming of Jesus Christ, we are to “walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)
What does it mean to redeem the time? As we discipline ourselves in eating, caring for ourselves and families, we can add spiritual discipline to our timetable. We can choose to avoid evil and insidious pursuits, rather, pursuing God’s Word and presence. It may mean learning how to say no to things that have no eternal meaning and yes to greater things. That doesn’t mean we should refuse to partake in recreation. Our recreation, however, should truly re-create us rather than kill our time and exhaust us. I’ve known of people who returned from a vacation so tired that they say they need another vacation to rest.
Jesus used His time on earth to good advantage. Knowing He would die on a cross, he still glorified His Father by teaching and healing and drawing others to Himself. His disciples took longer to learn to use their time wisely. But a good example of disciplining their time was, in my estimation, when Jesus called His followers.
“Then He said to [Peter and Andrew], ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” (Matthew 4:19) The same happened to James and John, who not only immediately left their boat, but left their father also.
When they met Jesus, they had no thoughts about putting their nets away or saying goodbye to family. Time meant one thing: following Jesus. As it should for us.
Lord, thank You for the gift of time. Show us how to be ready to use our time for the greatest purpose. Renew our minds so we will follow You in all things. May our time be Your time. In Jesus’ name, amen.