Life is like a vapor. We are here on this earth for just a short time, and then we are gone. Since we are here for only a little while, my question is what are you doing with this precious time right now? Have you ever noticed that so much of our time in the now is spent planning what we will do in the future? We tend to live lives with the mindset of “when I have this, or when I get there…” But the Apostle James encourages us to think about what we are doing right now. He reminds us that we do not know what will happen tomorrow. Only God knows our future, and only God holds our future. We must approach each day with a surrendered will to follow His plan. Remember this…trusting in God is the only real way we can prepare ourselves for tomorrow, because He is the only one who controls it.
The phrase “spending time” is rich with meaning. First of all, to spend anything means it is going to cost you something. And time is the most expensive and important commodity we have in life. Why? Because every second we spend…is a moment we will never get back. We all start life with a certain amount of time in our account. None of us know how much time we start with, so we don’t know how much time we have left. We must cherish and take advantage of every moment given to us by our Lord. Enjoy life to its fullest and like Ephesians 5:16 says, “Redeem every moment.” Each day is a precious gift. So choose your moments wisely. And the wisest way your can spend your time is by worshiping Jesus. It is with this time that you truly learn how to live a life well spent.
As a worship leader, it dawned on me the other day that over 98% of my time is spent off the platform, rather than on it. And really the same applies to all of us. Most of our time is not spent sitting in church. We are out working jobs all week or racing our kids around town. So we must learn to worship as we go. In every moment and in every situation, we can and should worship the Lord. Colossians 3:23 says “In whatsoever you do, do it whole heartedly as to the Lord, and not unto men.” In other words, make the focus of all your life about bringing Glory and honor to God. Then on Sunday when you are sitting in church, the worship service will take on a whole new meaning because you’re worshiping Jesus the other 98% of your time.
Do you spend time with God? I mean real time…in times of prayer and study of His word. Often I’ve been guilty of skipping moments with the Lord. Or I’ll just read a verse or two to get the legalistic part of me off my back, and then move on throughout my day. But, that does little to help me grow closer to Jesus. I want to encourage you to pick a time each day and meet with God. Guard it as though it were a doctor’s appointment. For this is daily surgery on your soul. I love what Richard and Henry Blackaby say in their bookSpiritual Leadership: If we view this time as a crucial consultation with the Creator of the universe, we will diligently guard it, regardless of the day’s demands.” We need this time. It is life changing. It is life saving for the worshiper.
In Ephesians 5:15, Paul tells us to see to it that we “walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” I don’t think any of us would argue that the days certainly are evil. It seems the moral fiber of our culture if fraying at frightening pace, while those of us who are part of the church stand back and scratch our heads as to how to reach society with the gospel. Well we need not be afraid, my friends. We are on the winning side, but we must live wisely. We must “redeem the time” as Paul says…or in other words, use our time wisely so that we are not foolish and wasteful with the precious moments He has given us. Seek to understand what the will of the Lord is, and then spend your time worshiping Him in all you do, being careful to honor Him in all your decisions.