“Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.”
One of my students is showing another his tattoo sleeve. It is very detailed and elaborate. What catches my eye is what is imprinted on his wrist. It’s a wristwatch.
I curiously ask, “What time is it?” He turns is over and I see the infinity symbol. That says a lot to me about his value of time.
This thought has been ticking away in my head this week: How do I use time to affect eternity? It’s more than just being a good time manager but how do I use up time for God’s kingdom. A friend once reminded me that time is something more precious than money because once it’s gone, it’s history. I have come to discover that guarding my time over my money has been a very good investment.
However, there is more to this idea. If the Lord turns the simple dust of earth into a living human being then things here matter for eternity. In eternity things are made to last. People and the relationships we have made become richer and deeper. Things are as God intended them to be. No breakdowns. No rust. Always blooming, never rot or decay.
What amazes me is how God uses this fragile temporal stuff of time and creates robust eternal things from it. He knows how to use a struggle in a life, to open eyes, to renew a heart, that sparks a faith, that ignites a soul ready for eternity. That’s the stuff of materials and materials that make lasting stuff. How great is the everlasting Creator?
With that in mind, remember that we have the Lord’s Holy Spirit working in us. We can give up things here if it means it counts on the other side. We are literally storing up real things in Heaven using stuff of Earth.
The verse in Hebrews was talking about Moses. He was looking not at what he could get out if this world but what God could do with his life. He suffered by laying down things that God could use to reach others. He was giving his time and energy for eternal building blocks. Does that make sense?
When we loose. We are building eternal patience. When we win we are learning how to defeat pride. We see the death of a loved one but something connects us now to eternity that much more. It’s like seeing a shifting piece-by-piece of our old life. While it looks like loss here it is coming to life in the land of eternity. When you see that the Lord wastes nothing, it changes your thinking when He tells us no, or wait, or slow down. The Lord is crafting and He knows what tools and pieces we are meant to hand Him at the right time.
Please consider that slowing down in a busy world is a wise use of time. I hope to encourage folks to not be in a rush. Take the time to listen to others. Be a little more patient with the neighbor who likes to talk. Make time to sit with your grandma, even if it’s just holding her hand. These are pieces of eternity in their raw state.
I hope I haven’t wasted but, used your time wisely. Thanks for you patience. Sometimes it’s hard to get things worded just right. How have you found the Lord using your time to change the course of eternal things?