Posted by: austend | Saturday, October 4, 2008

Time, the Most Precious Commodity

Some thoughts by Donald Whitney taken from Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life {here} on Time:

  • Wise use of Time is the Preparation for Eternity. This life is just a waiting room for eternity.  What we do on earth will be reflected in Heaven.  If we waste our lives now, we will have no rewards and will be ashamed at His coming.  If we invest our time wisely now, we will have much reward, and we will have no cause for shame when we see Him.  And, of course, this life is the time to get eternity settled.  We only get one life to believe.  If we fail to do that, we will spend eternity apart from Christ.  So make sure in this life that 1) you settle things with God so you know where you’ll be going, and 2) use your time wisely doing things that will last.
  • Time is short. We are never more than a breath away from eternity.  Our lives are but a few years in comparison to eternity.  If we think of a decade as 120 months, a large chunk of life is already past!  Even at its longest, life is never long.  Life flies by!
  • Time is Passing. What does remain of our short lives is passing away.  Time is like the grains of sand in an hourglass that continuously is slipping away.  We cannot just freeze time and not use it.  It is always passing away.  The clock of our life continually ticks away.
  • The Remaining Time is Uncertain.  We don’t know how long our lives will be.  We may run out today, tomorrow, or in 40 years, but we don’t know for sure.  Thousands of people die everyday, and we could be one of them.
  • Time Lost Cannot be Regained.  Many things lost can be restored.  But not time.  Once it is gone, it is gone forever and can never be regained.
  • You Are Accountable to God for Your Time. “So, then, each one of us will give an account of himself to God” (Rom. 14.12).  “…men will have to give account on the day of judgment of every careless word they have spoken” (Matt. 12.36).
  • Time is So Easily Lost. Laziness, wrong priorities, foolishness.  We are so good at wasting time!

Voltaire, that horrible atheist, on his deathbed said to his doctor, “I will give you half of what I am worth if you will give me six-months’ life.”  His death cries were so awful that the nurse who attended him said, “For all the wealth in Europe I would not see another infidel die.”  Make sure that when it comes time for you to die, that you are all settled with God!  Eternity’s a long time to be wrong.

For believers, Jonathan Edwards suggested that we live each day as if at the end of that day we had to give an account before God for how we used our time.  We will have to someday, but make that thought a habit, and you will use your time much more wisely.  Every day is unique and has different opportunities to invest for God.  Don’t waste your time!


  1. Nice writing. You are on my RSS reader now so I can read more from you down the road.

    Allen Taylor

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