Time: The Immeasurable Commodity

“The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” -Isaiah 40:6-8 (KJV)
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” -James 4:14 (KJV)

We’ve all heard the saying, “Life is Short.” Well, that saying couldn’t be more Biblically true. Time on this earth is truly a commodity that most unfortunately take for granted. The craziest part it is, it’s the only commodity that each person has with absolutely no guaranteed measure. Someone may have a balance of their bank account, barrels of oil, or bushels of wheat, all of which are measurable commodities. Life however, isn’t measurable in realms of time guaranteed to us. All of us have to come to that revelation on such a way that will drive us to “invest” our precious unmeasurable commodity wisely. Jesus made it very clear to us in the last chapter of the entire Bible when he said,

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” -Revelation 22:12 (KJV)

Whether we want to admit it or not born-again saints, the works we do are critical in our short lives, not to OBTAIN salvation of course, but to show EVIDENCE of that salvation imparted. In light of the word God is giving us all today regarding “using our time wisely,” the Biblical reality of the Godly works we are required to operate in (James 2:18-26) directly corrilates with “living the life we say we believe” in this short amount of time-commodity God has given us.

Regarding our “works” we operate in that Jesus said he will reward us for during our short-lived lives, they can be good or bad:

[19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, [20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, [21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. [22] But the fruit (evidence or works) of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. [24] And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. [25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” -Galatians 5:19-25 (KJV)

The Bible doesn’t lie. Nor does Jesus ever tell us something that cannot be done. Holiness is required in Scripture, but as the apostle Paul clearly tells us it is not in our own strength but in His. 

“Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, …” -1 Peter 1:16-17 (KJV)

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” -‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬‬ (KJV)

[9] And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV)

Because we have all figured out that we cannot live like Christ in our own strength, we have to realize that is not a justification to live how we want. When we come to Christ in faith, He gives us His grace to empower us to live holy. Since the reason we are all exhorted today to make use of what time we are given though unknown in quantity, it can be greatly increased in quality by His grace! Let’s make a heart change today and surrender to His power, while laying aside our own! “Tis’ so sweet to trust in Jesus!”

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