The beginning of a new year is often a time of reflection. People evaluate their life, vow to change and make New Years resolutions. According to CNN, every year people vow to lose weight, get fit, manage debt and stress, get a better education and job, drink less alcohol, stop smoking, save money, take a trip and help others. Their goal is a better more satisfying life.
If you are searching for a New Years resolution this year, let me suggest that you consider the area of time. Time is an important concept in the Bible. For example, the Bible teaches that each of us are allotted a specific amount of time (Psalm 90:10, Hebrews 9:27); our time in this life is short (Psalm 89:47, James 4:14); there is a proper time for everything in life (Ecclesiastes 3:2); and God works in the affairs of this earth in relationship to time (Galatians 4:4).
There is another Biblical teaching related to time that is critically important. It relates to how we use our time. Ephesians 5:15 & 16 says See then that you walk circumspectly (from a word meaning carefully or correctly), not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil (also Colossians 4:5). I’ve often benefitted from J. B. Phillips’ translation of the New Testament. His translation of this passage is: Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days.
Live with a sense of responsibility (to God and to others) . . . know the meaning and purpose of life (as determined by God) . . . make the best use of your time (for God and His Kingdom). That’s what it means to walk circumspectly or to live life correctly. You can’t live life right unless you live the way God intended you to live. It is incumbent on followers of Christ to use the time that they have in this life for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31) and to fulfill His purpose for your life. That makes time important. In fact time may be the most important thing that you have in life – use it wisely.
Here’s one last thought about time: Some day we will give an account for our time on this earth (Romans 14:12). That’s a sobering thought – to think that I will be (even now I am) accountable to God for how I use my time/life. That puts time in an entirely different perspective. Let’s determine to use our time this year in ways that are significant and meaningful – not for us but for God’s Kingdom and for eternity.
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