I knew a pastor in Texas who was very concerned with how he used his time. He was about 90 years old, making calls on those who were homebound or in the hospital. He’d often talk about not wanting to be “lukewarm” in his walk with the Lord, often quoting a verse in Revelation:
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16
I usually chuckled to myself when I heard him say this or out loud when I heard others talk about him saying it. Pastor Horn was anything but “lukewarm” from what I remember about him. But he often made me think about how I choose to invest my time.
God has entrusted each of us with limited time. We segment it into years and months, weeks and days, hours and minutes. No matter how we try to control it or slow it down, there never seems to be enough time. You blink and another year has come and gone. Maybe we’re too focused on how much time we have when we should worry more about what we do with the time.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16
Perhaps our regret over lost time is really sadness for how we’ve chosen to spend the precious little we have. God has entrusted you with an unknown amount of time. No one knows how long they’ll live or what will come their way, but we can make a decision here and “make the best use of the time” that we have been given.
How are you feeling about your use of time? This year, let’s choose not to be lukewarm, but to be hot in our pursuit of Jesus. Let’s use the time He has gifted us being His hands and feet and words to those around us everyday.