Being on time and staying on schedule could be a difficult task for me, but it isn’t. Google Calendar is an application I use every day to help me manage my life.
Each morning when I start my day, I have an email from Google waiting on me. When I open it, I find my schedule for that day. I don’t have to wander through the day wondering what I am supposed to do. Thanks to Google, I already know.
The person who waits for the right time to do something fails to realize that time is a precious commodity that quickly rots when wasted and spoils the opportunity of the moment. It doesn’t make any difference if you think you are living in the best of times or the worst of times, this is the only time you have—it is the time of your life.
You have 60 minutes in every hour; 1,440 of them every day; 10,080 of them every week; and a whole bunch of them in a year. If you will manage the minutes of your life, the hours will take care of themselves.
The time of your life is so important, the psalmist said: “Teach us to number each of our days, so that we may grow in wisdom (90:12).” The idea is not that you assign a number to each day of your life. The concept is that you get the most out of each day, so you are living it for the glory of God.
Carl Sandburg captured the essence of this discussion when he said: “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
It is the time of your life, so spend it wisely.
When you read the title of this post, how did your mind interpret it? Was it: As Soon As Possible?
Let suggest a new definition for ASAP: Abundant Supply Artistic Purpose. I base this new definition on my understanding of Ephesians 2:8-10: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Notice how Scripture refers to the Abundant Supply of grace:
• “The grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus (I Timothy 1:14).”
• “With great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all (Acts 4:33).”
• “Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of abundant grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).”
• “Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness (John 1:16).”
After reading these verses it is very clear that there is no shortage of God’s grace. His grace is active in your salvation, but it does not end there. Grace also equips you for God’s Artistic Purpose.
The word “workmanship” is the Greek “poiēma” and it is the word from which we get the English “poem.” You are the result of God’s artistic handiwork. Think about it: God created you; Jesus died for you; and, the Holy Spirit resides in you.
What is God’s purpose for you? By God’s design, you are created in Jesus to live a life of good works. This is the way you serve Him and glorify Him.
You are not ordinary and you are not average. You are a one-of-a-kind original designed by God to fulfill His purpose.
The choice is yours: Will you live your life as just A-Sap or will you embrace ASAP, and claim your Abundant Supply so you can live a life of Artistic Purpose?