Last time I kicked off a new series looking at the importance of how we fill our diaries. What we scribble or punch into our diaries reveals what we value most. Not convinced? Let’s read some famous words of Jesus, from Matthew 25:
“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.”
Notice the words entrusted to them. This parable is intended to show that all of our time (talents and treasure) are gifts from a gracious and loving God who has entrusted them to us. Just think about that for a few minutes; the 86,400 seconds that make up today are allocated gifts from your heavenly Father. They don’t just randomly tick by. They are not just part of some huge cosmic game of Russian roulette. No, they are gracious gifts from a loving God.
Psalm 90:12 says:
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom”.
What does this mean? Part of the picture is recognising that we are limited beings. We cannot do everything. The world is not our oyster. Being people who recognise and understand the shortness of life will help us to focus on stewarding these years, days and minutes wisely.
Jumping back to the parable again, the whole essence of this brilliant story is that whatever we’ve been entrusted with, we’ve been called to steward wisely – but wisely in this biblical language means to squeeze the most out of it. Notice that the guy who gets a wodge of cash and sticks it in his sock drawer is the only guy who gets reprimanded. Why? Because he’s squandered the precious opportunity he had of stewarding the gift he was given.
So what about you? When was the last time you allowed God to teach you the number of your days? Have you been squandering the time that God has given you? On what basis are you going to answer these questions?