Making the most of our time depends on a new way of thinking about our time. If we value our time from an eternal perspective, we will likely leverage it for eternal impact, helping every person to stand before God one day full of faith and hope…
2 You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. 3 You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.
4 Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. 5 But remember that they will have to face God…
7 The end of the world is coming soon.
1Peter 4:2-4, 7
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
The idea of the scarcity of our time left on planet earth should motivate us to live differently. We have just a few years each on this rock. Not only that, Peter tells us that the end of the world is coming soon.
Let’s not think about doomsday. Let that not be a threat. Perhaps consider that the end of the world will mark the moment at which our friends and neighbours will face God. The end of the world is when we all come face to face with the living God.
Peter’s point is, therefore, we should view that in our own lives we have had enough time spent on the things godless people enjoy. People who aren’t pursuing God and living his mission enjoy and pursue some things in life which we ought not be sidetracked by. Peter gets graphic here. The list is perhaps focused on the worst of pursuits. There isn’t any soft-pedaling around working a lot or being career minded or making your family recreation time more important than anything. No,he goes for the jugular.
Idols come in many forms, and it’s worth noting that even good things can become idols between us and God.
We have had enough time with them. It’s time to do the will of God, Peter says. It’s time to understand the Lord’s will and make the most of every day, every moment, every opportunity.
Remember that we will all face God. And we have a mission to help our family, friends, and neighbours to face God full of faith. What investment of time can we make in the coming days to bring that to life?
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