We live in time. We will live forever somewhere, after our brief sojourn on earth in time is over. We are allotted a period of time to accomplish, within that period, what God intends for us to accomplish. The sad truth is that the majority have no particular interest, while on earth, in what happens when we are taken out of time and find ourselves in eternity. What we do in time determines where we exist when we are removed from time. It will be in one of two places: Heaven or Hell! Some do not believe that there is a Hell; others do not think they will ever enter that place. If they are mistaken, there will be no opportunity after the grave to undo that mistake. This is one reason why time is given to us. We are not trusted with time as an end in itself. Time is to be used, not settled down in. The paramount use of time is to establish a personal relationship with Jesus as Savior and Lord. Taking care of this settles that you will live in His Presence forever. Once you have done this, your responsibility to use time wisely is even more important. We are to be filled with Him and yield the control of our lives to Him to use, to work through, to touch other lives and to share His love for them through us. Certainly, things like rest and recreation; things like work and wholesome pleasure have a place in our day to day living. Allowing for these, we are nevertheless on a mission. What happens in too many lives is that people live for time alone and the next thing they know, they have run out of time. Jim Elliot had it so right when he said, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." We yield time to God for His use. In eternity, we will rejoice that we did. Selah! God help us to live each hour, each day, each month, each year with eternity's values in view. Ron
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…." (From Hebrews 9:27-28). Time can run out almost any minute!