Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time… (Ephesians 5:15)
I believe in everlasting life. I also believe we need to honor this life. We will honor this life when we are, as Paul says, “making the most of this time.”
I’ve been with many people who are leaving this life. I’ve heard people talk about their lives with gratitude and joy and with remorse and regret.
The deepest regrets came from folks who felt like they didn’t really live their life. They didn’t really give themselves to anyone or anything; never attempted to do anything great or important; treated this life like an imposition or burden. I’ve seen people lose years, decades, even their whole life by not making the most of their time.
For some people, making the most of their life will mean doing something, almost anything, because they are merely spectators and not actors. For others, making the most of their time will mean doing less. They are so frantically scurrying around that they never figure out their true identity or purpose. If you are to make more of your life, do you need to do more or less?
If we are to make the most of our days, we need to recognize how fragile life is, how vulnerable we are, and how no one has any guarantee on how long we’re going to be here.
The best example of someone who made the most of their days was Jesus. Even though He had a short life, He made more difference than anyone ever has. Jesus made the most of His days, and He wants us to make the most of ours. This life is a gift. Jesus wants us to unwrap the gift, use the gift, and present the gift back to God in gratitude and praise.
Because Jesus can teach more about how to make the “most of our days,” I encourage us to spend part of every day with Him. He will teach us how to best use our time, abilities, minds, and hearts. He’s a great model and teacher. Jesus made the most of His life, and He can help us to make the most of ours.
- I haven’t always made the most of my time. I have sometimes wasted a lot of time on resentment, fear, worry, anxiety, or beating myself up over something. Have you ever wasted some of your life?
- How do you think Jesus could help you to use your time more responsibly, faithfully, and joyfully?
- What do you need to do more to make the most of your days? What do you need to do less of?