Our focus this week has been on the commandment, “Do not steal.” When we think of stealing, our mind most likely goes to physical items we could take from someone. But have you ever thought about stealing something more abstract like time?
When I was a child, summertime meant fun with friends, bike rides, and swimming at the city pool. Most mornings, I was given a list of chores that needed to be completed before I could do any of those fun activities. If I had plans with friends, each task on the list could be completed in record time. However, when I didn’t have plans, a whole day might go by before the jobs were done. I could work quickly or I could delay all day; it was my choice.
Now as an adult, I still have choices daily on how to spend my time. Ephesians 5:17 tells us “not to be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Do you seek the Lord’s input on how to plan your day? Beginning each day with time in His word and in prayer will allow His guidance on how to spend your time throughout the day, choosing the best activities. Verse 16 encourages us to “use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times.” Time is precious and cannot be taken back. Be wise.
Where does He want you to invest your time?
He also urges us in verse 16 to “use every chance you have for doing good.” Galatians 6:10 tells us “… as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” The Lord provides opportunities for us to serve Him, to “do good.” Are you open to those opportunities? Do you pray for spiritual sensitivity, to be aware of the people He places in your path or do you ignore that nudge from Him? How is He asking you to invest in people? How can you use your time for eternal purposes? Are you stealing time from the One who gave you that time?
We have many choices in our day to use our time wisely or steal time. As The Message Bible admonishes us in verse 16, “So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get.”