“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15–16, NASB95)
Years ago I heard someone talk about what you cannot do with the time you have in this world. First of all, you cannot save time because time is gone once you have it. There is no storing up time for tomorrow, no matter how much we wish we could! Also, you cannot manage time because time marches on no matter what you do with it. Finally, this speaker said, “The only thing you can do with time is spend it. Time marches on, but you choose how you spend it.”
I have never forgotten that. It is the truth. The same idea is expressed in Ephesians 5:15-16. As Christians, we ought to be determined to make the most use of our time. The old King James Version that many of us grew up with says, “redeeming the time..” All of us have the same twenty-four hours in every day. The only question is how we spend it. All too often, we get so busy that we fail to think about being intentional with our time. Really, each one of us should ask the Lord two important questions. First, we should ask, “Lord, what do I need to do more of?” Then, have the courage to ask, “Lord, what do I need to do less of?” Those two questions will go along way in helping us make the most of our time. Do more of the things that matter most and less of those that do not.
It’s important to know that there is one important key to making the most of our time: do it today. The time to do what we need to do is today. The great preacher and author, Dr. David Jeremiah, once wrote that “today” is God’s word and “tomorrow” is Satan’s word. I believe that to be true. If Satan cannot get us to fall into gross sin and failure, then the next best thing for him is to influence us to put off until tomorrow what we need to do today. Satan certainly knows that very often tomorrow never comes. The other day, I asked my administrative assistant to help make sure that I made a particular ministry contact by the end of the week and I explained why it was so important. Wisely, she looked at me and said, “Why don’t you just do that one right now?” She was right. If it was so important, I needed to do it right away. I took her advice. If it’s really that important, then do it today.
What do you need to do today? Perhaps you are reading this blog and you need to give your life to Christ. I beg you. Do it today! Want to be a soul winner? Start today. Do you need to have a daily time of prayer and Bible reading? Start today. Is there someone you need to forgive? Forgive them today. Is there someone you need to apologize to? Why not go ahead and do that today? Is there someone that you need to tell how much they mean to you? Tell them today.
What do you need to do? Today is the day to do it! Take that advice and you will make the most of your time.