“About Our Time On Earth”

Posted: January 10, 2013 in Christian Life, Christianity, God's Will, Reading

     “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:13, 14). 

     Time.  “A man ordinarily has time to do all the things he really wants to do.”  “When you kill time, just remember it has no resurrection.”  “Time is like money – you can only spend it once.”  “It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to try to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past.  Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.”  Our time on earth is a gift from God and needs to be used wisely for God’s glory and the good of others. He decided when, where, to whom we would be born.

     In his book entitled, God Is Not In A Hurry,”* Dr. Warren Wiersbe provides some helpful suggestions for Christians to follow if we would like to utilize our time wisely on earth.

     Awareness.  Begin each day with an awareness of His presence.  Not only is God with His children, He also resides in us (John 14:17; Matthew 28:20).  We wouldn’t know this apart form our reading His Word and trusting in its reliability.  It serves as a light to our path (Psalm119:105) and needs to be studied carefully (2 Timothy 2:15).  We should meditate on it (1 Timothy 4:15), and allow God the Holy Spirit to illuminate our mind to the truth (1 John 2:20, 27).   

     Deo Volente.  Our planning should always include submission to the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14; James 4:15). The devil would tempt us to act independently of God (Isaiah 14:13).  Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).  Each New Testament believer should do the good works that are related to his/her spiritual gift (1 Peter 4:10).  (See our “Bible Basics” section on our web site for more information.)

     Breaks.  To enjoy each day to its fullest, each Christian should take “Blessing Breaks.”  This involves our giving thanks to God for what He has done, is doing, and will do for us.  God wants us to thank Him, praise Him, and worship Him.  To worship Him biblically we must use our spirit (mind) and rehearse back to God what we know about Him from His Word.  We can do this by focusing on His goodness, righteousness, omniscience, omnipotence, truth, holiness, and love.

     Limitations.  As with all other human beings, we are limited by time and space.  Sometimes we have to graciously say no to those who ask us to do things for them.  The Chinese proverb says, “Many hands make light work.”  Our God is not a slave driver who makes us work to earn our salvation.  It is a gift from God.  We can express our gratitude to Him for it by our doing good works, but they are not done to pay God back for His free gift of salvation.  God wants His children to be sweetly reasonable, not extreme ((Philippians 4:5).   

     Purpose.  One of our purposes as Christians is to be well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9).  Sadly, many Christians grieve or quench the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19).  If saved, are you displaying the Fruit of the Spirit in your life (Galatians 5:22, 23)?  Those believers who are filled with the Holy Spirit will have a singing, thankful, and submissive heart (Ephesians 5:19-21).

     Relax.  Too many Christians are uptight and don’t know how to relax and rest in the Lord.  Many of them don’t know the promises of God or mix them with faith and enjoy the peace of God in their lives (Hebrews 4:2; Philippians 4:6, 7).  A Christian at ease and in the center of God’s will is a great witness concerning the saving grace of God.

     Judgment Day.  We (believers and non-believers) will all stand before Jesus Christ some day.  He is the Judge (John 5:22).  Will you be judged at the Bema Seat Judgment or the Great White Throne Judgment?  One group will be headed for heaven and the other group will be cast into everlasting torment in the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthes 25:41, 46). 

     Questions.  If you have questions about what you’ve just read, we invite you to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com

*Portions of this article  have been adapted from “God Is Not In A Hurry,” by Warren Wiersbe.  Recommended reading.

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