February 16, 2021
Without realizing it, we have entered a new month this year. Time flies very quickly, while it is not certain that we can maximize every second or minute and day that we pass.
Whenever someone looks at the calendar and finds time passing quickly, I often find expressions of regret that he expressed because he was not wise in living the day or using the time in his life.
Inevitably, ‘time’ is the only aspect of our lives that we cannot ‘save’ – we can only invest in or use. It also depends on how we invest or use the time God has given us. Everyone receives an equal amount of time – 24 a day and 7 days a week. But what determines the end result that will be enjoyed by one from the “amount of time” he gets in his life is how he invests or uses that time.
If one who invests ‘time in his life’ with a clear purpose, then he will surely enjoy a maximum result.
I give an example, for a person who is experiencing physical exhaustion, his decision to sleep longer than usual is not a futile action. Because it aims to regenerate exhausted body cells through sleep. So even though for some people, the act of sleeping longer can be a form of laziness but for someone with a clear goal, sleeping longer is a form of investment of time that will condition him to continue to have a healthy and strong physical condition – something he really needs in his life!
Hebrews 9:14 (NKJV) how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
1 Peter 1:18 (NKJV) knowing that YOU WERE NOT REDEEMED WITH CORRUPTIBLE THINGS, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers.
1. Continue to align every purpose or intention of the various actions we take with the truth of His Word so that every time we spend or invest is in line with God’s great agenda for our lives.
Never live in regret or guilt because you feel you have wasted your time for nothing because we are in a large-scale social restriction situation. Learn to set new and divine purposes for the new activities that we must do because of the enactment of the large-scale social restriction.
For example, we take advantage of this social restriction moment to pursue God’s reality more fully in our lives. Or we take advantage of the existing days to build communication and closeness among family members. So even though it seems like ‘we don’t do anything’ (in the connotation we are usually busy doing this and that), we still have a productive life in God! We have the quality of a closer relationship among family members and we have an even greater spiritual dynamic and intensity. And that is the result of the time investment that we do through our daily activities.
Let others complain that time flies quickly while they are ‘doing nothing’, but we will continue to have a daily productive life in God.
2. From the purpose we have set, build it into strong conviction in our lives.
1 John 3:19-20 (NKJV) And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
Often due to a lack of understanding or the maturity of life, we easily feel guilty if we ‘do something that seems unproductive’, even though as long as we set and persistently strive to realize (good and divine) purposes, in fact we will still enjoy the maximum results in our lives.
So, learn to build the purpose that we have set into strong conviction in our lives. By living our daily lives based on faith, we will enjoy a daily life full of divine peace and joy. The reality of God’s existence will also continue to grip our minds and hearts. #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus