Today could be the last day I live.
That sounds morbid. Let me explain.
You and I have no idea when we’re going to take our last breath. It could be today. It could be tomorrow. It might be fifty years from now. (For the sake of everyone in the coffee shop where I’m writing this post, I hope that I don’t keel over right now. Think of the shock that would be!)
The point is we’re given a set amount of time in the world. God has a plan and a purpose for our lives—whether short or long. It’s up to us to use that time to the fullest.
In Psalm 90:12, the writer had this to say about time:“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”He knew the importance of using our time to invest in God’s kingdom through loving others and pointing them to Jesus.
The word “invest” comes from the Latin word “investire,” which means “to clothe.” If I gave away a $10,000 shopping spree to a really, really, adorable clothing store, would you invest that money in well-made clothes that last? Or would you invest it in clothes that fall apart in two short weeks?
Hopefully you’d choose clothes that last!
So, can we think of how we spend the time in our lives like this? Our actions—the things we choose to invest in—are like clothing for our time. Whoa. How will you clothe your time? With cheap, fall-apart clothing that won’t last? Or with quality, long-lasting clothing?
Psalm 39:4 reminds us that we are “fleeting.” Friends, you and I are here for a tiny amount of time. Will we spend our time on things that don’t last? (I think you will know if you’re spending your life in the wrong places.) Or are we going to invest in others, building onto God’s kingdom one person at a time?
I want to hear from you.
What’s one thing you’re doing that is “clothing your time” in a wardrobe that lasts?
And if you’re struggling to invest your time well, what’s one thing you need to stop spending time on?