The most valuable commodity you’ll ever have in this world is TIME.
It is a commodity of equal amounts: 168 hours each week. We waste time, and kill time; we say that time flies, we’re short on time, I wish I had more time, it’s time to go, take all the time you need, and we’re running out of time. We even start a story with, “Once upon a time . . .”
Today, time is important. Why? Because time on this earth is running out. We are drawing closer to when time on earth will be no more. Are you ready?
Paul was in Caesarea on trial when he encountered Felix and Drusilla. Their religious discussion was about one of the most important in scripture; they discussed judgment in relation to TIME (Acts 24:24-25). Felix was afraid, but he waited for a convenient time. Paul quoted Isaiah 49:8 when he wrote to the Corinthians; he wanted to give them a sense of urgency (2 Corinthians 6:2). God has an acceptable time for us to work with His grace. God has a day of salvation that will not last forever. Thus, the window of opportunity in regard to salvation will not always be open; it will one day close.
We must devote our time to the pursuit of righteousness. Paul addressed Felix and Drusilla about the need for moral purity. We must pursue righteousness in our homes: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1) and in our hearts: “These will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). We will have righteousness in heaven: “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13).
We must dedicate our time to the practice of self-control. We practice self-control with our temper. Many people struggle with a quick or fiery temper. Although society often encourages people to express themselves and not hold back, God’s Word teaches that giving in to one’s temper is a sin (cf. James 1:19: swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger). We practice self-control with our tongue. Is there someone you know who seems to be religious but just can’t keep his tongue under control? (cf. James 1:26). We practice self-control with our treasures (Matthew 6:19-21. Let us never forget that earthly treasure is temporary and fading, but heavenly treasure is secure.
We must determine the time necessary to prepare for judgment to come. Paul stresses eternal accountability before God. Judgment is coming and all will stand before the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:10). Notice Luke 16:19-31. The rich man learned many lessons after death, but it was too late. Felix responded two ways: first, he trembled; second, he postponed obeying the gospel. We can only hope that sometime in the future, Felix did find the time to do what was most important – obeying Jesus; however, on this occasion, he failed miserably. Let this never be said of us.
Felix neglected so many wonderful opportunities to be saved; he neglected them to remain lost. Let that never be said of us! Hebrews 2:3 asks, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” —Mark N. Posey
(Glad Tidings of Good Things)