The Bible begins with, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Almost at its end the Bible says in Revelation 10:6 that “time shall be no more,” there will be no more delay in restoring creation to its rightful state, eternity will be entered. In the earthly realm, I think if you ask most people what God created first, they would answer heaven and earth. It seems to me that time is the first created thing. God is the Self-Existent, Eternal One. He created time for humans to exist in. Time is a gift from God but its length is not guaranteed. Ecclesiastes 9:12 and James 4:14 clearly declare this truth. God has also gifted us with work to do in the time He has allotted to us. Jesus said in John 17:4 that He had completed the work given Him by the Father. First Thessalonians 5 clearly tells us that as believers in Christ we are expected to work for the kingdom of God as well. Ephesians 5:16 tells us to make wise use of our time because the days are evil. These evil days will steal our time and prevent us from becoming godly, conformed to the image of Christ. John 9:4 warns us that we must do the works of God now because there will come a time when we will not be allowed to. First Corinthians 3 reminds us of the lasting quality of our spiritual work. If we use our time wisely, building the kingdom, that work will last and we will be rewarded in eternity. If we do not use the time wisely, our work will be destroyed and we will not be rewarded. Hebrews 5:12 chastises believers who have not used their time wisely in learning the principles of God. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells two parables designed to motivate us to use our time wisely in diligent work preparing for His return. He harshly condemns the lazy man who wasted his time and talents.
I am not thrilled about my hair turning gray and turning loose. I am less than happy about the sagging of what used to be muscle. I would rather hear something else than the snap, crackle and pop that happens when I get out of bed in the morning. However, I do realize that the aging process is a terrific gift from God. It is a daily, even minute by minute, reminder of that which awaits me. I can see where this all leads. I cannot escape the fact that my time is growing shorter. I can’t seem to remember much of anything else, but I couldn’t forget this truth if I tried. Aging reminds me of that which is important, that which I should make a priority. Our number one priority ought to be our relationship with the Lord. We must spend quality and quantity time with Him. We are fooling ourselves if we think we can do any kingdom work before spending time with God. We ought to focus on enjoying Him first and asking Him to enjoy us. We were not created to work; we were created to fellowship with Him who created us. Work is a byproduct of that relationship. There is absolutely no way to use time wisely without spending significant time with God.
We may speak of saving time, buying time, making up time, managing time, but those are only illusions. Time is slipping away. Time is not like a block of ice that we can return to the freezer for later use. Time just keeps melting away at the same steady pace. You might recover from monetary bankruptcy but you cannot recover from chronological bankruptcy. Once time is gone, it is gone for good. Thousands entered eternity today. Many were younger than you. Most of them had no idea that today would be the day. Let that serve as a warning to you. Use your time wisely; do not waste it. Focus on that which is of eternal significance. As believers in Christ, it is imperative that we use our time building a relationship with God.
The Bible says that there is an eternity to come when time is no more. Matthew 25, Revelation 14, Revelation 20, etc. speak of eternal punishment separated from God. John 3, John 5, 1 John 5, Daniel 7, Revelation 22, etc. speak of eternal blessing in the presence of God. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says that today is the acceptable time, the day of salvation. Repent of your sin; look to Christ; call on the Name of the Lord; put your faith in Him; live forever in His wonderful presence. This is a limited time offer that must be accepted before time is no more, for you individually, or for the world as a whole.