ODJ: minute machine

April 1, 2015 

READ: Ephesians 5:10-20 

Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days (v.16).

My son loves the toy Lego—little plastic pieces that snap together—like fish love water! One of his most interesting creations was called the “Minute Machine”. He explained that his contraption could drive around and find all the extra minutes, sweep them up and save them for later. After hearing this description, I wished I had a ‘minute machine’ of my own. What if I could redeem all the underutilised minutes, hours and weeks in my life and use that time to serve God?

While the Bible encourages us to “make the most of every opportunity”, it also challenges us to see time as a God-given resource (Ephesians 5:16). Just like our money, talent and energy, our time on earth has limits. We don’t know when God will promote us to heaven; we don’t know when Jesus will return. The days we have now are precious because each one gives us the opportunity to “determine what pleases the Lord” and to act on that knowledge (v.10).

Seizing the day spiritually includes being prepared to encounter evil and resistance to God’s message in the world. The Bible says the days are “evil” (v.16) and a quick glance at the news confirms this truth. Persecution was a challenge for believers in the early church, and it’s something many believers face today. Since we don’t know how long each of us will have to effectively proclaim the good news in our part of the world, we should aim to share the grace of Jesus Christ while we can.

Christian teacher and writer R. C. Sproul said, “Right now counts forever.” That’s why the Bible prompts us to “live wisely among those who are not believers” (Colossians 4:5). A Spirit-filled life poured out for the benefit of others ensures that we are making the most of every minute here on earth.

—Jennifer Benson Schuldt

365-day-plan: 1 Samuel 25:1-42

Read Genesis 1:14-19 to see how God made it possible for us to understand the passage of time. Look up Psalm 89:48 for some motivation to make every minute count. 
Do you consider time as a resource to be used for your benefit or for God’s glory? Does using technology typically help or harm your time-management goals?