Friday, March 28, 2014

"Borrowed Time"

"Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:6
Have you ever heard the term "borrowed time"? It is said of someone who has lived passed their life expectancy. The truth is, we are all living on "borrowed time". Every person on the face of the earth is living on borrowed time-- the young, the old, the sick, the healthy. What do I mean? 
The Bible says that the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. Time, like everything else, belongs to God. If it belongs to Him, not us, then He is "lending" it to us-- we are borrowing it from Him. 
When something is borrowed, it doesn't belong to you. It belongs to the lender. To borrow something is a temporary arrangement, not a permanent one. At some point it has to be either given back or paid back. The time that we are borrowing here on earth is not a permanent gift either. One day we will have to "give it up" and give it back. That time comes when death knocks on our door and our lives are taken from earth. That being the case, what kind of plans are you making for that time? What will happen to you when you step out of "time" and into eternity? Have you made arrangements for then? 
Also what are you doing with the time that you are borrowing? Are you wasting it? Are you making the best use of it? Are you using it up on self-- selfish desires, selfish ambitions, self-centered wants? Are you using it wisely and carefully? Are you using it for the One who is lending it to you? 
Jesus told a story of a man who went on a journey, but before he left he gave money to his servants to invest for him. One day he returned and they had to give an account of what they did with what they were given. One day the "loan period" of time we were given will be up. We will then have to stand before God and give an account of how we used the time we were given. What will you be able to answer? Did you make the best use of it by doing all you could to glorify the One who loaned it to you? Did you use the time that you were given to make preparation for the day when your time on earth is over?
Have a great day. We are all living on "borrowed time". What are you doing with it? 
For further reading:
Matthew 25:14-30
Psalm 24:1
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