Dear Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
I’m sure it’s a busy time in all our lives right now. The year is still new, Christmas break is over, and we’re all busy getting back into the routine of work and school. As we continue our transition into this time, I encourage you all to not forget the importance of spending personal time each day in God’s Word. This is a cliché message we hear often: “Always spend time in God’s Word. Don’t just let it be a ‘Christmas spiritual high!’” But have you ever stopped to wonder why we tend to get “Christmas highs”? When we’re in the Christmas season, it’s a lot easier to remember what God has done for us, not just because we’re always hearing the message, but because we often have more time in our days to listen and to read the Bible. Part of the reason people fall away after Christmas is that we get more busy, having less free time in a day, and (at least for some people) less emotion for a ‘high’. This can often lead to a slow downward spiral of forgetting to spend time with the Lord each day. When these times inevitably come, the first thing we should remember is that being busy is not a bad thing; it is what God has commanded. Colossians 3:23 says, “And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 says, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” From the beginning of time, God’s will is that we succeed by working hard and working diligently, so we should not be afraid of busy times. The second thing we must remember is that God is the one who has given us all our time. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Sometimes, it’s easy to think that we are running out of time and searching for time with God. But when we realize that God is the one who has given us everything we have—and that it ultimately belongs to Him—it makes us realize the importance of using our time wisely, all the more reason why we should give back by reading His Word. The third thing we must remember is that the Lord’s Word will strengthen us to do that He has commanded us. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Just as we must eat physical food every day to do our physical tasks, we must eat the spiritual meat of God’s Word that we may remember it and do His will in our lives.
I’ll close with a quote from Lecrae’s song, Timepiece: “And I believe I've been given all this time so I could try to redeem it / Or make the most of this stopwatch that I'm racing / You stop the watch you ain't racing / You erasing your minutes, you can't replace 'em / And at the end of your days when eternity's in your face / You'll have one life to offer up and it's service to lay to waste”. I like this quote because it calls attention to the reality that our time on earth is limited (a vapor that soon disappears) and challenges us to use it actively for God’s work. So as we go forth into these busy days, let us remember that God has given us everything—including our time—that we may use it for His glory. Let us stay in the Bible that we may know His will, and let us use our time in a way that glorifies the Lord. May God bless you all!
Thank you so much,
Orion Mendenall (18) is on staff at TPS Chapel and is a freshman at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.