Today we have an article from Daniel Osborne, a former administrator for the Rebelution Forum. Daniel has invested countless hours into the ministry of this website.
Daniel’s post confronts us with the important and sobering question, “How much time do we really have?” Read it carefully, consider the Scripture passages, and pray the prayer Daniel shares at the end. This is worth your time.
How Much Time?
Do you ever wonder how much time you have on earth? Do you dream of things you want to do before that point? Do you actually pursue those things or are they in the distant future?
I was reminded once again today of the need to make the most of my time. I spent a few hours this afternoon at the hospital visiting a friend who was in a coma for over a month… and then unresponsive for another couple months and is just now starting to be responsive. It was a simple skateboarding accident. All at once, his life was changed… his mouth has not uttered a word for 4 months. He was one of the most energetic people I know. Things have changed. Yet, God is still in control.
I sat there on the hospital bed reading Psalm 27 to him and talking to him about Joshua and God’s promise to always be with us. It was hard not knowing if he could even understand what I was saying. I think he could understand… but is so hard when there is no response. It was good to be able to pray with his mom over him… but so hard to see him in that state. I’m thankful that we have an all-wise God who has never once failed in doing what is best.
It did cause me to think about the different things I want to accomplish in life… and what I am doing now to prepare myself to accomplish them. I’m talking specifically about the areas in which we can make a difference for the sake of Christ for eternity. How am I living out the reality of the gospel in my normal everyday life? How is Christ and His call to forsake all and follow Him changing me? These are all questions that I ought to ask myself continually.
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. (Eph. 5:16)
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. (Col. 4:5)
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven–A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace. (Ecc. 3:1-8)
So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
God, I ask that You show me my end… remind me of how short my life is, so that I would spend my time wisely. Remind me of the death I must die daily [to sin and my own desires] and of the life that I must live to the fullest in Christ.
You have made it clear that there are times for just about everything. Please make Your will clear… show me the things that it is time for. Fix my heart on You and grant courage to make the most of the time that You have given me. Let me not live life without impacting souls for Your glory. Rid me of myself so that I see the opportunities that You are continually placing in my path. Conform my desires to Yours. Make me more like Christ.
I want a full life for Your glory. I am Your tool… not one that you need… but one that You have chosen. Please use me as You see fit.