Paradise Calvary Chapel

Devotionals

Time Well Spent
Isaiah Chadwick - May 28, 2018
Devotional

Mathew 25:21 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’”

Over the past few months, the Lord has truly blessed me. I have the privilege of work that I truly enjoy, and have been earning well enough to significantly improve the daunting financial state that I had previously been in. That said, I’m now experiencing a degree of busyness unlike any before in my life. I am constantly finding myself calculating the precious hours of free time that I have; wondering how to maximize their effect, and berating myself for wasted time. This is not unlike anyone else I’m sure; we all have seasons of life more occupied than others, but as I consider my schedule, I’m constantly finding myself asking: “Is this how I’m supposed be spending my time? Shouldn’t I be doing more for the Lord than this?”

I’ve read Proverbs many times in my youth, and never have the verses Solomon warned about laziness seemed more sharp to me than now. With every day’s hours becoming more valuable to me, the thought of wasting that time is galling. However, these thoughts quickly transcend from my physical life and into my spiritual. I cannot help but wonder if I have made myself into a busybody, yet accomplishing little, at least for the Lord. Whether these thoughts stem from conviction or if they’re just the questions of that plague all of us at one time or another, I find myself asking and praying how I can better spend my time to serve the Lord.

For certain, I know that some of these musing come from a few things that have been engraved on my heart since my youth: this world is temporary, what is done for the Kingdom of God is more meaningful than anything else in this life, and that we all have to give an account of our actions someday. Not everyone is going to be a world renowned evangelist like Billy Graham, not everyone will suffer and spread the word like Paul the apostle, but we all have a certain potential to best serve the Lord in His will. I pray that I can live in and achieve that potential, that I can serve the Lord in the way that makes every moment count.

As the Lord works through these things in my heart, I cannot help but be reminded of the words of a dear friend. When recounting her thoughts about the faithful servant she told me that she wants her service to rise above the phrase “well done, good and faithful servant,” when she enters the Kingdom of Heaven. Instead, she wants to be able to dance victoriously through the gates and hear Jesus tell her: “Dude, that was Awesome!” I feel the world would be better off, if we were all brave enough to crave such praise.