Words Of Truth - January 12, 2011

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Friday, January 12, 2011

"Investing In Time"

Investing In Time
“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
James 4:14

     What is your life? You will find the answer in how you spend your time. The most precious commodity we have is time. It only stands to reason that we would manage every moment very carefully. Our life is measured out in handbreadths, according to Psalms 39:5. In this verse, David places his life before an eternal God and sees that his years amount to nothing. Imagine being anointed king of Israel and killing the great giant, battling the enemies of God’s people for a life time--it is but nothing compared to eternity. No wonder God tells us to redeem the time! We are to buy up every second.
      In this day of distraction, there are thousands of ways to waste our time. A person could literally go through entire days glued to television, logged on to the Internet, or engaged with the cell phone and never accomplish a single thing. All the while, life passes by unused, unfinished and lost forever. Think of the useless things that engage our time and waste our lives. Channel surfing, Facebook chatting, video gaming, and phone talking are all culprits in stealing our time. Meanwhile, the worthwhile things go undone. I’m reminded of a little verse:
Some people die in ashes.
Some people die in flames.
Some people die inch by inch,
Playing silly, little games.
     However, busyness is not always productivity. Just because we are living hectic, busy lives doesn’t mean that we are living purposeful lives. Do not mistake activity for achievement. Beware of the barrenness of a busy life. Martha was cumbered about with busyness, and Mary looked idle. Yet, the Lord commended Mary for her purposeful use of her time.
     Charles Francis Adams, the 19th century political figure and diplomat, kept a diary. One day he entered: "Went fishing with my son today--a day wasted." His son, Brook Adams, also kept a diary, which is still in existence. On that same day, Brook Adams made this entry: "Went fishing with my father--the most wonderful day of my life!" The father thought he was wasting his time while fishing with his son, but his son saw it as an investment of time. The only way to tell the difference between wasting and investing is to know one's ultimate purpose in life and to judge accordingly.
To know what the most important thing to you is, look at what you spend the most time on. Ask yourself if your time is spent on what is priority with God. When you can match your time spent with God’s priorities then you will be fulfilling the purpose you were created for. Make your time an investment!

Study verses:  Prov 18:9; Eph 5:16; Col 4:5; Eph 6:6; Col 4:12; I John 2:15-17

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Previous devotions

"Making It Right" - January 7, 2011
"Forever Faithful" - December 29, 2010
"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010
"Thank You" - November 24, 2010
"Walking In Truth" - November 17, 2010
"Useless Pillars" - November 10, 2010
"Unfounded Fears" - October 27, 2010
"God Is Able" - October 20, 2010
"The Blessings of the Lord" - October 13, 2010
"Treasure" - October 6, 2010
"Spirit vs. Flesh" - September 29, 2010
"The Rock Higher Than I" - September 23, 2010
"Lo, I Am With You Alway" - September 3, 2010


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