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Time – The Currency You Cannot Afford To Waste

Time is currency of earth. Time is what we spend in exchange for everything we have under heaven. God does not drop money down for you from heaven. He gave you time. You then interchange your time for money at your work place. Likewise, God does not literally give you friendships. He gave you time and you invest your time into relationships and gain friendships. Time is a divine gift to humans. Whatever skills or qualifications you have today, they have been purchased by the currency of time. Never forget this; everything is purchased. Nothing on the earth is without a cost, and time is the primary cost for all humans’ endeavours.

Unlike the pounds or dollars, the currency of time is extremely unique. It has to be spent. It was exclusively designed to be spent. It cannot be saved or set aside (while you think you are saving time, you are spending it). Time can never be stored or stockpiled in a bank. You are only authorised to spend it. And once it is spent, it becomes irretrievable.

Furthermore, there are only two ways of spending the currency of time – invest it or waste it. You will either spend it by investing it wisely or by wasting it foolishly. You will either exchange it for something worthwhile or something worthless.

Time is crucial. It is continuously buying something for you in your present or in your future – good or bad. Regardless of how you spend it, you are buying something with it. Something you are spending your time on is buying you a future. How you spend your time today determines what you obtain tomorrow. If you invest your time wisely on worthwhile goals today, it will acquire for you a favourable future. But if you squander it on useless purposes, you will receive an unpleasant future. Your time is your responsibility. You are an authorised custodian of this marvellous gift of time. You determine its profitability.

Time is universal currency. It is constant for every human on the earth. The rich do not have 30 hours in a day, while the poor have 16 hours. Everyone, irrespective of their sphere of achievements or influence, has got the same 24 hours a day to invest into their future. We’ve all been dealt with the same amount of hours in a day. Here are my questions to you; how do you spend your time? Do you invest it wisely or foolishly? Are you fully aware of its irreplaceability and importance?

Time is all that you have to buy your desired future –be it money, relationships, connections, skills, qualifications, knowledge, and even other internal and external changes necessary for your success. Your future is simply a collection of experiences which you’ve directly or indirectly purchased by your previous times.

As you and I know, our time on earth is numbered, meaning that it does not run forever. As humans, we are running on a finite time on the earth (Job 14:5; Psalm 139:16). God is the only One who is not in time. His kingdom is timeless, ranging from eternity to eternity (Psalm 90:2). But as humans, time is a gift from God, for the purpose of investing it wisely to fulfil His purposes for us on the earth. No wonder the Psalmist prayed and said, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Your understanding of the shortness and importance of life will birth an unprecedented desire to be a profitable custodian of the divine gift of time. The bible makes it very clear that we will all have to give account of how we spend our time on the earth –  whether we spend it for good purposes, selfish purposes, or bad purposes (2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Timothy 2:20-21).

What do you consider the most important in your life? Is it leisure, work, a relationship or God? If I know what you spend most of your time on, I know what you value most. The investment of time is proof of love. How you spend your time is a picture of your passion. What do you love? What are you passionate about? What continues to top your agenda – God or gadgets? Is spending your days to glorify God your priority? Or are you wasting your valuable time on maintaining an unhealthy relationship, playing too many games, watching too much TV, idle chatting, gossiping, oversleeping, or other things which do not add value to your future? It is important that you analyse how you spend your time and scrutinise your motives for spending it the way you do.

Wisdom is extremely necessary to make wise investments with our time (Proverbs 24:3). Ask God for wisdom to manage your time for His glory. Wisdom is the ability to recognise what is important and what is not. It is the ability to recognise difference between what is profitable and what is not. Also, wisdom is the capability to anticipate consequences and rewards. You must recognise those things crucial to your joy, health, and fulfilment. Then invest your time wisely on them. Be firm against time-wasters who kill your time with theirs.

I have never seen a successful man or woman who trivialises his or time. But I have seen many people who are poor but have no regard, whatsoever, for their time. Your time today is a seed for your tomorrow.  Everything you desire in your future can be realised through the instrumentality of time.

Your financial future is always reflected by how you manage your time. The bible says we should make the most of every opportunity we have, and not to be unwise but understand what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 5:15-17). Invest in books and seminars on time management. You will be astonished to see how learning can greatly improve your productivity. Knowledge is wealth. Information is the bridge between where you are and where you want to be.

Above all, ask the Holy Spirit to give you a revelation of how significant your time on the earth is. Pay any price to be like the children of Issachar who understood the times and knew what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32). Focus your time to build intimate friendship with God. Become a wise investor of your time. Begin to add great values unto others around you. Build and lay hold on the future God has designed for you.

Yours in Christ

Wale

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