Tension Points – The Stewardship of Time – Having Lives that Count for Eternity - Monday, August 10th
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:7-9
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
We are beginning the second week of a series designed to help us tackle and manage the tension points of life. These areas of life are ongoing, constant, and always seem to need improvement. Our "use of time" is one of those areas and most of us recognize how easily our use of time gets out of hand. Life is all about time. We all have a lifetime in which to live our lives. Each of us must ask the question, "what will I do with the time I have for living my life?"
Last week we looked at the parable of the sower. We said that the sower is God, the seed is his word, and the soils are people. To help us transition to this week we want to ask this question, "Why does God come to us with his Word?" To put it simply, he wants our lives to count. He knows that on our own we will not use the time we have for living our lives in ways that count for eternity. So, he comes to us with his Word both to rescue us from the plight of wasting our lives while we are here and to produce, in us and through us, a life that really does count for eternity.
Today's Scripture contrasts those who live to satisfy themselves with those who live to satisfy God. How we use our time will determine that harvest our lives produce. The outcome of using the time we have for satisfying ourselves is not a good one. The outcome of using the time we have for satisfying God is a good one. Whose time is it, anyway? Truly, it is God's and we must spend it on him. Having a life that counts for eternity is all about the ongoing commitment to living life to satisfy God not ourselves. "So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up."
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I want a good outcome for my life and I know that good outcomes come from you. So, I surrender the time I have for living my life to you. I know this is the key to making all my moments count and to having the final outcome be a life that counts for all eternity. I love you, I worship you, and I rest in you. Amen!
Posted on Mon, August 10, 2020
by Ken Hart