Running out of time
But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; These things are useless and a waste of time. Titus 3:9
I could tell you we are running out of time because of global warming. I could tell you we are running out of time because Jesus is coming back soon. However, what I really want to tell you is that we are running out of time because we are getting older. All of us. Not one person is getting any younger. Eventually, all time for each individual will run out. I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but I am pretty sure we all know this is true. Yet, how many of us really believe that we are some day going to be leaving this earth. As much as we see people leaving everyday, why does it never seem like a reality on a personal level.
Looking at today’s text, now we see why we don’t have time to get involved in foolish discussions, quarrels and fights about doctrine and denominational differences. Paul says these things are useless and a waste of our valuable time. So what should we be doing with our time? What is really important and what should we be considering as our time is running out?
If you can imagine a clock as a timer, usually we watch it to see how much time we have left in a day. What if, instead we look at that same clock with the mentality of how much time do I have left in my life. The clock is counting down the days we are here. I need to begin to think about what I want to accomplish in my life-time? This is true deception: waking up each morning and thinking I can’t wait for today to be over or I don’t want to get up and face today.
It’s time to make a plan. How are you going to make the most of your remaining time and what is going to matter when you step into eternity? First of all, make sure that you have eternal life with your eternal Heavenly Father. You must be born again. Next, consider what you can take with you? The good things you do for others and bringing others to Jesus. Lastly, how are you going to live differently than you have been to touch the lives of those around you?
Today I want to encourage you to make a plan. Decide what you want to really accomplish in your lifetime. Make a list of what is important to you, then line it up with what is important to you in eternity. Make any changes and adjustment you need to so you can make the most of the time you have remaining in this life that will carry over to the next. This life is the only opportunity you have to determine how you will spend eternity.
If you are not sure you will be with the Father of love forever, pray this prayer from your heart today:
God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me. Please forgive me from my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me new. I know your Son, Jesus died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. At this very moment, I accept, confess, and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward. I now have a right relationship with God my Father. I also ask for Your Holy Spirit’s power to guide me and to empower me to do the things that You have planned for my life in Jesus name, Amen
Today’s scripture reading: Titus 3:9-15