“God created you for a specific purpose and gave you the exact amount of time required to fulfill your purpose. (maximize the time of your life. )
God’s creation of man reveals that He desired a time-conscious being with an eternity perspective. You were born and created for a purpose in God’s plan, and you were given a time to fulfill that purpose. According to the Scriptures, there is a time to every purpose (see Eccles. 3:1). Because we live in time, we measure life in increments of seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, etc. But how does God measure and judge the success of your life? To answer this, we must consider that God “never intended for us to die.
God’s original purpose and His future plans call for us to live forever. Therefore, length of years is not the measure of life for God. Your age does not impress Him. There are many who believe that old age is a sign of God’s favor and approval. If this is true, then how do you account for the millions of individuals in countries like Siberia, Prussia, and Rumania, and perhaps even in your city, who live beyond one hundred years of age and have no commitment to God? Their lifestyles incorporate behaviors that are considered to be ungodly. It is evident that God measures the success, effectiveness, and value of your life on earth in terms of purpose.
God’s question is never “How many years have you lived?” or “How old are you?” but rather, “What have you done?” In essence, life is not measured by duration, but by donation. From God’s perspective, “Well done” is more important than “Long lived.” “Jesus understood the important relationship between time and the completion of purpose. Again and again He instructed people not to move faster in their expectations of Him than God’s perfect “timing allowed. This awareness of God’s purpose for His life as it related to His time on earth is particularly evident in John’s record of the wedding at Cana: (John 2:1-4).
Jesus also displayed this consciousness of time and purpose on many other occasions. In John 12, He says,
The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.… Now My heart is troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save Me from this hour”? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name (John 12:23,27-28).
Jesus’ brothers said to Him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that Your disciples may see the miracles You do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since You are doing these things, show Yourself to the world.” For even His own brothers did not believe in Him. Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for Me has not yet come; for you any time is right” (John 7:3-6).
Therefore, it is vital for you to capture and maximize the time of your life. To do this, you must discover your purpose for life and get busy with your assignment. Every day should be used to account for the fulfillment of God’s dream in your “heart. What have you done with the last year, month, or day that you’ve lived? What can you show to justify that time?
Time was given to you to fulfill your purpose in this life. Don’t be like Methuselah, of whom it is recorded that he lived 969 years and then died. That is all we know of his life. What a tragedy! I admonish you to find your purpose and give time meaning. As the apostle Paul exhorts: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16 NKJV).
Throughout His ministry, glimpses of Jesus’ true nature and glory were visible. He healed the sick (see John 4:43-53, among many), multiplied loaves of bread and fish to feed large crowds (see John 6:1-15), walked on the Sea of Galilee (see John 6:16-20), and brought sinful people to repentance (see Mark 2:17).
As the time for His crucifixion drew near, Jesus acknowledged that His time had come:
Father, the time has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You. For You granted “Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to all those You have given Him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began (John 17:1-5).
Time is always given for the completion of purpose. Whenever time is used for things that do not work toward the given purpose, it is wasted, and the opportunity to reach perfection is delayed or lost.
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