My youngest grandchild (Annie) will be three years old in a few days. That means, Lord willing, that when she is 20 I will be 75; when she is 30—hopefully graduated from college, married, and a mother (among other things) I will be 85.
Again, Lord willing, if I can manage my life well I have a good shot at being there when Annie graduates from High School and College, gets married, and even being there to hold her first child (my great-grandchild!).
Time is a wonderful thing—if managed well. But to ignore it’s relentless and steady march is to set yourself up for a lot of tragedy. To live only in the moment with no consideration for next year, the next ten years, the final year is a gross mismanagement of your time.
For those of you going through our 40-days of Prayer & Fasting (at the church I pastor), you know today’s devotional verse is:
- 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV) The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Basically what this verse is teaching us is that God is giving us time—time to do everything within our power to be a tool in God’s hand to keep people from perishing, but that they should come to repentance.
For most people you are called—called to be like salt and light in the world. You’re never be able to make them repent and turn to God but your life is to be a witness to them of the love of God and hopefully lead them toward him.
There are some people appointed to you. They are your “sheep”, “coin”, and “son” (Luke 15). Their eternal well-being is personal.
Why are you still alive? Trust me; the main reason has nothing to do with earning money, bettering your golf-score, redecorating your house, or all the other in-the-moment options that are clamoring for your attention.
If that was the only reason you’re still alive, we’d have to agree that God is not after all good and loving, for why would he leave us here on earth with all these little crumbs when the perfection of all things and even more is awaiting us in Heaven.
No, the real reason you have time on your hands is because God is not willing for anyone to perish—and neither should you.
Use your time wisely today.