The Life You Were Meant To Live
By Rick Warren — Sep 30, 2016
“Use your time in the best way you can” (Colossians 4:5b ICB).
If you want to get ready to be used by God, first you need to get to know Jesus Christ. Then, you need to use your time in view of eternity.
Colossians 4:5 says, “Use your time in the best way you can” (ICB). Time is our most precious resource. It’s far more important than money. You can get more money, but you can’t get more time. You only have a certain amount allotted to you in this life. You can’t make time, you can’t borrow time, you can’t save time, you can’t extend time. You can only use it. We all have the same amount of time every week: 168 hours. If you don’t learn to manage your time well, you cannot manage anything else in your life, because your time is your life.
God is watching to see how you manage your time on this earth to determine what he’s going to have you do in eternity. He’s giving you a test, because your life on Earth is preparation for eternity. One of Satan’s strategies is to get you so busy doing unimportant things that you don’t have time for the important things in life, and you don’t spend any time preparing for eternity. Satan doesn’t have to get you to sin. If he can’t get you to be bad, he’ll just get you to be busy.
The Bible tells us exactly what we should be doing with our time in Acts 20:24: “My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus” (NLT, second edition).
God wants to use you, but he wants to make sure that you’re investing your time in the most important things. You’ve got to use your time in view of eternity. You’ve got to ask yourself, “How much of what I’m spending my time on is going to count five or 10 years from now? How much is going to count in eternity?” Then you’ve got to refocus.
Use your time in view of eternity so God can see that you are focused on the main thing — his purposes.
Talk It Over
Take a look at your calendar or your schedule. How much of your time is spent on things that matter in light of eternity?
What is the work that God has given you to do while you’re here on Earth?
In what ways will you spend your time differently so that you can accomplish the work God has given you to do?