Imagine you had $100 to spend on food for an entire month. There would be no more money coming and there would be no food from any place else. This $100 is it.
- How would the knowledge that you had a fixed amount of money impact your buying decisions?
- How would it impact the activities you choose to do, e.g. eating out or cooking at home?
- How would it impact your level of appreciation for each morsel of food that you are able to taste?
- Would it heighten your gratitude for each delicious morsel?
- Would it encourage you to seek out the best value for your dollars?
Now slowly begin to realize that, instead of having a fixed amount of money to but food, you really do have a fixed amount of time to live on this earth. During this time, you will love, you will grieve, you will celebrate, you will sleep, you will play, you will work. You will live and you will die but what you do with the time you have will shape your legacy and setup your eternity. That’s a heavy thought to bear but ignoring it only makes it worse.
You see, time is the currency of life. You’ve got a set amount and you never get told just how much you’ve got so the wise person invests all of it wisely. That doesn’t mean working all the time or going to church all the time or neglecting self-care all of the time. It does mean, conscientiously choosing what to do with the time you’ve got. It also means waking up to the reality that there is a place where the loan called time is paid in full. There is a point at which each of us will be free from the clock and in that state, we will remain forever blessed or bound by the choices we made. This place is eternity and it’s the reality we can never afford to forget.
As we embark on a new year, I hope that you and I will invest the fixed amount of minutes, hours, days, weeks and months we have this year to store up for ourselves treasures that never corrupt and can never be stolen.
Consider Luke 16:1-13 to see how Jesus made this point.