Did you ever have one of those weeks where despite your best intentions, you ended up getting nothing done? I call these “lost weeks” and nothing can be more maddening for a driven, goal-oriented person like me. I suspect you too have had weeks that just passed you by without making any forward progress. The problem is that our best intentions do no not equal our best efforts. We can intend to do something all we want, but until we put effort behind the intention, then we have no action. Intention without effort is dead; it’s the same with our faith.
While letting time pass without reaching our goals or making forward progress can indeed be maddening, this same behavior is devastating to our spiritual walk. We are told in Ephesians 5:15-16 to make “the most of the time because the days are evil.” If we are not making the most of our time each day, we are allowing Satan to gain a greater foothold on our world. As we are commissioned to bring the kingdom of God to reality on earth, beating back the advances of the devil is one of our primary objectives. It’s not good enough to show up on Sundays to praise and worship with fellow believers; it’s not good enough to write a few checks in support of various ministries each month; and it’s certainly not good enough to give lip service to our commitment to Jesus Christ. Making the most of the time we have is not something we can do passively or half-heartedly. How many days do we let go by as we wallow in self-pity or simple laziness? How many days have passed since you have actively engaged in being the hands and feet of Jesus? None of us have any guarantee of living one more second on this planet. Every one of us faces the stark reality that today may be our last day on earth. This is urgent! The time to serve Christ is now because there may not be any other time available to do so. We must make the most of the time, and that time is right now!
A follower of Jesus cannot afford to have “lost weeks”. The truth is, if we are fully living our calling, we cannot even afford to have “lost minutes”. Every breath is precious to carrying out the mission of Jesus Christ. There is not a moment that He is not with you, but how many moments do we spend unaware of his presence and unconcerned or uncommitted to His work? We must be intentional people, deliberately measuring our words and our steps in order to put forth our best effort for Him regardless of our circumstances. We are the called and we are His chosen. We have committed our lives to being followers of Jesus Christ, to go wherever He might lead, and to do whatever He might have us to do. Becoming a follower of Jesus is optional; once committed, however, carrying out His mission is required.
Are you making the most of every second of every minute of every hour of your life? Do you breathe in the love of God and exhale His passion to the world around you? Are you committed to giving all that you have and all that you are to help bring about His Kingdom here on earth? This isn’t a game or a social club. Following Jesus isn’t something you do because it’s hip or cool. To be a true follower of Christ is treacherous, dirty, smelly and difficult work; it is not for the squeamish or the faint of heart. Are you ready to take up the cross of Christ and follow Him wherever He may go? Are you ready to live for Him, to die to all you have ever known, and to spend the rest of your life being the hands and feet of Jesus to a dark and lonely world? Begin today because there may not be a tomorrow for you. Love God, love people, and serve Jesus. Stay focused on His mission, making the most of the time you have.