I know I’ve posted things similar to this and the Spurgeon quote I’m sure I’m spammed a few two many times by now but I always find this important considering the world we live in. People are always busy doing nothing.
“Ephesians 5:15; Look carefully then how you walk not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
Walking wisely involves making the best use of our time. What things can we do to walk wisely? What things can we do less that fill our time with fluff that has no eternal value? If we as Christians have truly been saved by grace through faith, and this is not of our own doing, but is a gift we don’t deserve; if we can’t get to Heaven by our own works but have received this gracious undeserved gift of salvation by God’s hand then this should compel us in thankfulness and gratitude to make the best use of our time for the Lord’s service. “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand so that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) We as Christians have confessed with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believed in our heart that God raised him from the dead and are saved. We do not do good works to receive a home in heaven for Ephesians 2:9 says by grace we have been saved through faith and this is not a result of works. We do good works in gratitude and obedience for what The Lord has done for us.
Not only should we be doing all to the glory of God and rendering our best efforts and services to him but how often have we just binge watched 4 hours if Netflix and did not read the Scriptures? How often have we surfed the Internet, or watched YouTube but neglected to pray to God thanking and praising Him and praying for the needs of the saints, the unsaved, the country, and the world? The days are evil, immorality runs rampant, and anti-God philosophies seep into the very crevices of our society deceiving people into unbelief and greater wickedness. We need to make the best use of our time giving God’s light to a dark, fractured, and sinful world, desperately in need of the Savior.
Every man has an allotted time to live whether it be short or long. Yet even if God graciously grants us long life it is a vapor of the wind in the scope of eternity. I talk to people of all age spectrums and they all say time moves quickly. In the blink of an eye we turn 50, 60, and 70. I can not help but think that looking back on life even the most productive souls, rendering large amounts of service to God will look back in there later years and see moment after moment of opportunity wasted and vain pursuits followed.
Spurgeon offers some advice for us; “If I have any message to give from my own bed of sickness it would be this: if you do not wish to be full of regrets when you are obliged to lie still, work while you can. If you desire to make a sickbed as soft as it can be, do not stuff it with the mournful reflection that you wasted time while you were in health and strength.” I know that the Word of God says that there is death and then the judgement. I praise Him that I have been justified, forgiven, and that The Lord sees my sin no more. I am thankful that Jesus Christ bore my wrath upon the cross for me and it is not what I have done that will get me into heaven but what He has done for me that will let me walk through Heaven’s gates. Yet, The Lord will judge His servants based on the good works we have done for Him when the judgement day comes. I much rather enter into Heaven with my works being many, offered up in sincere service to Him, glorifying Him, and building up on the foundation with gold, silver, and precious stones then to have a few shining rubies surrounded by a bed of soot and ashes. I’d rather enter with much reward than as through the fire.
Yet to the unsaved, the person who has not trusted in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins, his good works will be useless and he will not stand righteous on the day of judgement but condemned. It says in Romans 2:6 “he will render to each one according to his works, to those who by patience and well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality he will give eternal life. There lies the problem in that verse for the unsaved. The problem being that the unredeemed do not seek for glory. That is that they do not seek for God’s glory diminishing even the best of works to rubbish in the sight of God. Even the best work is encapsulated in the statement found in Romans 3:12 speaking of the unsaved that “no one does good”. That is an all encompassing, inclusive statement. Nobody, on this earth, who has not trusted in God, has any ability in himself to do any good. Every good deed that we think qualifies as good is bad because it is not done with the right motives. It is not aimed to glorify God. Now you may say with your lips that you endeavor, and it is your highest priority to do good works for God’s glory. But if you have no trusted in Christ you are lying and deceiving yourself for it says shortly before that statement in Romans 3:11 “no one seeks for God” The person who does not glorify God and seek for God is self seeking and God promises his judgement upon them. It says following the statement made in Romans 2:6-7 “but for those who are self seeking and do not obey the truth but obey righteousness there will be wrath and fury.”Those who do not glorify God do good works to glorify self. They are self seeking. Before, as it says in Ephesians 2:3 “we all once lived in the passions of the flesh, carrying out the desires body and mind and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind. We lived in our sinful passions of our flesh. We not only did that but we carried out and aggressively pursued the desires of the body and mind”. “Yet God being rich in mercy because of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead in our trespasses made us alive together with Christ.” (Ephesians 2:5) He justified us and declared us legally righteous. He is Sanctifying us, setting us apart and making us more Christ like so that we can do good works to His glory and for His honor.
So, Christian what does this mean for you? It means that we should not frivolously waste time. We should pursue our best efforts now while we still have opportunity for who will know tomorrow whether we shall live or die? We should do all our works to the glory of God and search our souls to see whether we are doing it for his glory. This great gospel should compel us to be better witnesses for those who are spiritually dead so that God may water the seed we have thrown by His grace.
To those who haven’t trusted in Christ I say that Jesus Christ has said in His Holy Word. “I am the way the truth and the life nobody comes through the Father but through me.” (John 14:6). Nobody comes to the Father but through God who is able to give His children a Heavenly inheritance. Now, you have inherited a sin nature passed down from Adam, only fit for God’s judgment. Yet Jesus Christ is the life and the way to it and through Him we can receive eternal life through him in Heaven. He is the Truth. From Him comes Absolute Truth for He created all truth. The truth is this “that the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. There is no exception to this death “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory if God.” This gift is received by God’s grace through faith and I say this verse again. “But if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead you shall be saved.”
By Guy Cygnor