“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time…” (Eph 5:15-16)
Time is the most precious earthly commodity we have. Every person has 24 hours in a day, no more and no less. Once those 24 hours are spent, they can never be replenished. Clothes can be patched. Cars can be repaired. Bank accounts can be replenished. Not so with time. Once our time is spent, it is gone forever. A study of the Bible’s message on time reveals this central message: now is always the best time to do the truly important.
“So if you are offering you gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Mt 5:23-24). The picture is of a man ready to offer a sacrifice when it occurs to him that he has an unresolved issue with someone. Jesus’ instructions to this man are clear: drop everything, even a gift to God, and be reconciled. Making amends with a brother or sister is not something that can be put off. Now is the best time to make amends.
When Paul was in prison he had many opportunities to preach to several Roman officials, including the Roman governor Felix. “(Felix) sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus” (Acts 24:24). Felix’s initial interest in the Gospel turned to alarm as he heard of the coming judgment. He told Paul, “go away…when I get an opportunity I will summon you” (Acts 24:25). Felix put off dealing with his sin. There is no record of Felix ever finding that convenient season. Now is the best time to deal with sin.
Over and over in Scripture, righteous people with godly priorities obey and change immediately. In one single chariot ride an Ethiopian official went from learning of the existence of Jesus to being baptized into Christ. When the apostles learned that Jesus was the promised Messiah, they dropped their fishing nets in the water and left their boats so they could immediately follow Him. Now is the best time to follow Jesus.
What truly important thing are you putting off? Have you been wasting time while you have unresolved issues with someone? Have you let sin linger in your life? Have you been telling yourself lies about how you’ll be a better disciple at a later date? Stop putting it off. Stop making excuses. Tomorrow is not promised. Now is the best time to follow Jesus.