You might want to take a quick look at your bank account. It’s not that you’ve been skimmed and your balance trimmed: It’s something much different:
Your balance has been replenished with 86,400 credits of time. These credits are better known as seconds, and there are 86,400 of them for you to use today.
You can benefit from the far-reaching and in some cases time-oriented wisdom of Solomon: “Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day might bring (Proverbs 27:1).”
Tomorrow may never come, so wisely use the moments and seconds of today before they vanish and disappear in the hallway of history. Invest them in the life of another as an expression of God’s love.
Donald Grey Barnhouse once said that “Love is the key. Joy is love singing. Peace is love resting. Longsuffering is love enduring. Kindness is love’s touch. Goodness is love’s character. Faithfulness is love’s habit. Gentleness is love’s self-forgetting. Self-control is love holding the reins.”
Don’t waste another second. Take the time now to plant the flower of gratitude by writing a letter, texting a message, or using your phone to say thanks, to give a word of encouragement, or to simply say” God loves you.”
After your second of time has vanished, the fragrance of your kindness will linger for days. The aroma of the moment will be remembered by the one you have helped as well God.
When you think of spare change, what do you think of? Maybe you think of a dime, a nickel, a quarter or whatever amount is jingling around in your pocket.
If you’ve been following the financial news of late, you know that Greece doesn’t have any change that they can spare. Their concern runs much deeper than a pocket full of coins.
The International Monetary Fund has told the Greeks they need to repay the $334 million they owe by the end of this week. Apparently the lenders are tired of Greece’s foot-dragging measures, and they have issued some take-it-or-leave terms to the deeply indebted nation.
This scenario reminds me of the huge debt that Jesus assumed and paid for with His life:
- Romans 6:23: The payment for sin is death, but the gift that God freely gives is everlasting life found in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- I Corinthians 6:20: You have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
- I Corinthians 6:20: You weren’t set free from the worthless life handed down to you from your ancestors by a payment of silver or gold which can be destroyed. Rather, the payment that freed you was the precious blood of Christ.
Jesus gave everything He had on the cross, so you could have it all throughout eternity. Like the Greece situation, it is a take-it-or-leave scenario. In this case, however, when you take Jesus, your debt is paid in full.