Have you ever looked back on your life and said, “It seems like just yesterday when I was young or did this or that?” But in reality, it was many years ago, yet it seems not very long ago. Time is fleeting, and I have often thought, “Time is a bandit!” It steals the very thing we believe we have plenty of; that would be time itself.
In actuality, Satan is hard at work trying to keep us distracted by doing things that are not important with eternity in mind. As the Bible says, “we are but a mist or a flower of the field that appears for a short time and then fades away.” Therefore, it is crucial to examine what you are doing with your time and make sure you are accomplishing God’s will instead of your own.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him, it is sin. James 4:13-17
So, what are you spending your time on? Of course, we must do our daily work, but are you only entertaining yourself the rest of the time for your gain? Have you considered your eternity to build up treasures in Heaven, to work for the Lord? Of course, remember that you will not take anything from this Earth but those things accomplished for the kingdom of God and His glory.
I pray that this message will help you realize the importance of what you are spending your time on. It enables you to change your focus off the many distractions you have been amusing yourself with and then turn and work more for what matters to God. Everyone will be better off working harder for eternal blessings in the long run.
I do not want you to wake up late in life and realize that you have wasted God’s gifts. Everything you have in life is a gift to use for His will and your eternal benefit. They are not primarily for you, but it is a test to see how you will steward what He has given. I pray that you will decide today to use all you can for the kingdom of God. The Word of God instructs us to work heartily for the Lord and not be lazy.
Set your focus on His will, to work for the things of eternal worth and not earthly value. Follow the leading of the Lord Jesus Christ and wholeheartedly walk the narrow road the Lord has placed in front of you. Seek to live in His righteousness and do the works He has prepared for you. Help others, reach out, and share what God has given you so that God may be pleased with how you manage His gifts. He will always lead you down the right road. But it is your choice to take His road and prosper in the talents He has given you.
Jesus said, “For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29
It is time to seek the truth. Speak the truth. Do the good works Jesus has planned for you to do, loving and caring for the weary and lost. It is time to stop wasting time; this is the warning from the Lord to turn from lazy ways of evil and sin. To repent and follow Jesus, who came to save your soul. To speak the truth of the Gospel to all who may listen.
Time is growing short. Suppose you are not diligent in doing what God designed you to do and working for the kingdom of God. Then, you will find that time is a bandit and all you could have built up on Earth was useless. What you have done will be burned up, yet, salvation was still secured. Therefore, do not be the one that arrives in Heaven to find you have no further reward, but start fresh today and work diligently to “build up treasures in Heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.”
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder, I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15