After reading one of Will Graham’s recent books, “Redeemed”, we could not help but share one of his devotionals that is extremely prevalent in today’s crazy, busy society.
It’s the greatest resource that you and I have. A wealthy man cannot buy any more of it, no matter how much money he has. Scientists cannot discover or create more, and factories cannot produce more.
With every new day you have less of it than you did the day before. You can’t save any today to spend tomorrow. You can’t grip it so tightly that it will not slip away. You can only use it when you have it, and then it’s gone forever. We live in a day and age of conservation, seeking to conserve electricity, the environment, even our own energy – and yet we let our time slip away, never to be seen again.
“What is your life? It is…a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” – James 4:14
The Bible says:
The bible tell s us a couple of key things on this important topic. First, the bible tells us that time is short. Think of stepping outside on a cold morning. You slowly exhale and then watch a warm mist escape your lungs, only to disappear quickly into the frigid air. That’s how James describes our time on earth, calling our lives “a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away”.
Second, the Bible tells us how to use our short time on this earth. Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Since our time is limited, we need to be aware of how we are using it, and focused on impacting a dark world with the light of Jesus in the days we have.
Just as you are accountable for wisely using the gifts you are given, I believe you are accountable for the time you have and how you use it for the Kingdom of God.
My grandfather (Billy Graham) often said that one of the greatest surprises of his life was the “brevity” of it. Here was a man who had accomplished more, visited more places, met more people, and made more of an impact than many people could ever dream of. He had used every moment well, and yet – even having lived a century – he was amazing at how quickly it slipped away.
Today is a gift, and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. For your family, for your Saviour, for the sake of eternity – use your time wisely”
– This devotional was written by Will Graham and published by Thomas Nelson, 2018.