Most of us spend about an hour in church a week. Some of us show up a little earlier and some of show up another night of the week. The average, however, is still that each of spends about an hour in church. Each week we have 168 hours to work with.
How many of those hours are spent investing in things that matter. How many of those hours are wasted in mindless effort that neither helps us, refreshes us, or is productive in any way to our life or the Kingdom of God?
If we’re honest, we each probably waste at least a few hours a week. We hit the snooze button more times than is necessary. We endlessly scroll through through Facebook or Twitter and lose ourselves in the lives of others. We get stuck playing that game on our phone. If we add up all the minutes, it probably adds up to at least a few hours.
The sad part is, some of us waste more time than we give to God. We give God one hour and maybe a few minutes each day. When each week is over, we’ve wasted more minutes than we’ve spent investing in eternity.
When you think of eternity, our minds can’t fully fathom the concept. If you look at a long life, we’ll say 100 years, versus 1 billion years, that 100 years seems pretty insignificant. Yet 1 billion years is insignificant beside eternity.
One day we will enter eternity. I can’t imagine after 3 or 4 billion years in eternity we’ll wish we had spent more time playing that game on our phone or scrolling through Facebook. I can’t imagine we’ll regret not having spent more time at work and making that extra bit of money.
“15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15-16
We should be evaluating how we invest the time God has given us. We are stewards over 168 hours every week. One day we will give an account to the judge on how we invested that time. Hopefully, we can each hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”