As we enter 2013 the Holy Spirit has been impressing upon me the importance of time. ‘Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil’ (Eph. 5:15, 16). The Apostle Paul is telling us to be careful with our time; how we value it and how we spend it. Time is a key currency in the Kingdom of God. Because the days are evil, the devil desires for you and I to spend time unwisely and carelessly. Time on earth is finite; once spent, it is behind us, a historical record of life choices. But time also stands before us….seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years of life we have remaining to advance His kingdom on earth. We know how much time has been spent. We don’t know how much time we have left to spend. Therefore, as leaders in the body of Christ we must be wise, thoughtful and discerning as we spend the currency of time. The scripture does not compel us to hurry, rush or rashly busy ourselves with everything that we believe is good. No, it counsels us to be careful and wise; denoting deliberate, judicious and strategic living in response to our call and purpose in the Kingdom of God. We don’t know what life circumstance looms tomorrow. Whatever it may be we can spend our time with care and wisdom.
The Father gives us great encouragement even as we reflect on time not well spent. He offers a redemptive quality through a Spirit-filled and Spirit-led life that can transform yesterday’s time into tomorrow’s wisdom. ‘And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them’ (Rom.8:28 NLT). Therefore, yesterday’s time poorly spent can be transformed into wisdom gained thereby making the MOST of tomorrow’s opportunity. Praise God! The Father does not see a ‘bad yesterday’ as time wasted, if He can show Himself strong through you tomorrow. Be encouraged whether you are 25 or 65 that your tomorrow can be lived wisely and strategically. Make the most of your time in 2013, advancing His Kingdom and revealing His glory.