Imagine, for a moment, that when you were born you were given an allotted sum of money. This money was to be used for the duration of your life. You can never obtain more. Everyone else is also born with an allotted amount though they all vary from one to another. Some get a large amount and others get a little amount; and no one knows how much he or his companions have. You only find out how much you were given when your storehouse runs dry and you have no more.
How would you live from day to day? How would you spend your money? Would you be wasteful or frugal? Would you spend a large sum on a single item? Would you give your money away to unworthy people or activities?
This “money” is like time. God has determined the amount of time each man has on the earth and no one knows how much until his days are complete. Knowing this to be the case, the people of God are exhorted to be good stewards of their time. Do not waste time on meaningless endeavors. Do not give your time to unworthy endeavors or people who would “rob” you of it. Do not give your time to the entertainment of the flesh and the neglect of the spirit. No man knows when his time is up and therefore every man must make the most of every moment.
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Eph 5:15-16)
Furthermore, men do not know what the time they have will be like. It could be advantageous to their endeavors or it could be a destroyer to them. Their time on the earth could be during the time of peace or the time of war. They have no say in the matter, but they can utilize their time to glorify and honor God- for that is the purpose of time.
The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all. For man also does not know his time: Like fish taken in a cruel net, Like birds caught in a snare, So the sons of men are snared in an evil time, When it falls suddenly upon them. (Ecclesiastes 9:11-12)
Do not complain about the time you have or the condition of your surroundings; rather, redeem it! Make the most of every opportunity…it could be the most important opportunity of your life…it could be your last opportunity.
– brother Pat Woods