Use Every Moment

One week ago, the year Two Thousand and Nineteen began. It is hard to wrap my mind around how quickly time flies and yet how slowly it can crawl.

It seems as though just yesterday we were ringing in a new decade. At the same time, 2015 seems like an eternity ago.

Everything happens, and nothing changes as time marches on. Ok. Maybe I am being too deep for a blog, but I am blasting an epic Hans Zimmer playlist while I write this so maybe that has something to do with it. But the point remains, time moves forward whether we are ready for it to or not.

And as I sit and think about this new year that is already a week old I can’t help but think about Ephesians 5:15-16. It says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil.”

The days in which we live, and the days that Paul lived as well since he wrote that, are evil. Therefore, we cannot afford to waste any time doing the things that do not matter. We must live and act wisely with the time that we do have.

In Psalm 90, the Psalmist asks God to “teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” And Psalm 39 reminds us that our time here on earth is small and limited but that our hope is still in the Lord. Colossians 4:5 reminds us to wisely use every opportunity we have when encountering those who do not know Jesus.

Each moment that we have here, in this life, is precious.

  • The moment when you welcome your spouse home and ask about their day.
  • The moment when you greet an old friend.
  • The moment when a family member reminds you of their love for you.
  • The moment when you look at the sky and appreciate God’s incredibly beautiful creation.
  • The moment when God reveals an exciting truth to you in His Word.
  • The moment where you thank God for your stressful job.
  • The moment when a coworker asks you about your faith.
  • The moment when you show kindness to a stranger.
  • The moment that you realize that God has faithfully been with you through every single one of your life’s moments.

We have so many opportunities in life to do something that matters. We can encourage, bless, love, pray, share, act justly, and so on. But as much as we have an almost uncountable amount of opportunities, we must also realize that today we have fewer opportunities than we did yesterday.

We must make each day count.

We must live each day for Jesus.

We must refuse to waste our lives.

Your “Insignificance” Matters

There are many people, chances are that you are one of them, who walk through life feeling insignificant at one time or another.  We feel this way because, for the most part, we are. Ouch.

This is a very frustrating reality for a majority of us who crave to “make a name for ourselves.” But I got good news, our insignificance is okay. In fact, our insignificance matters more than we realize. You could say, our insignificance is actually really significant.

I want to take a moment and tell you about an insignificant guy. His name was Edward and he lived a long time ago. If you were to Google his first and last name looking for a biography you wouldn’t find all that much. Most stories about Edward would start with the fact that he was an ordinary, run of the mill, dry goods salesman who was talked into teaching a Sunday School class at his church.

Well, this ordinary salesman taught his class of teenage boys faithfully, even when they acted like…teenage boys. He loved his class and prayed for each of them to come to know Jesus. He was never applauded for teaching his class. No one ever gave him an award or graduated him to the “big leagues” of teaching an adult Sunday School class.

God did use Edward, however, because he led at least one teen boy (probably more) to Christ. That teenager’s name? Dwight. Thanks to Edward’s faithfulness Dwight trusted in Jesus for his salvation and began to grow in love with his God. Dwight developed a passion for reaching people with the good news of the Gospel.

Dwight became relentless in his evangelism and his commitment to serving God. At an event that Dwight was speaking at, a man named John Wilber decided to put his trust in Jesus Christ.

Since the Gospel is contagious, and since John Wilber couldn’t stop talking about his Savior, Jesus, soon after another man, Billy, put his trust in Jesus thanks to J. Wilber’s sharing. The newly converted Billy went on to become a very famous evangelist. And at one of Billy’s gospel crusades, a man named Mordecai decided to put his trust in Jesus.

Mordecai also decided that he needed to share the Gospel with anyone and everyone who would listen. One person who listened was another young man named Billy. From that day forward Billy dedicated his life to serving Jesus with everything he had. He faithfully served his Savior up until he went home to see his God on February 21, 2018.

So, in case you got lost, here is the chain of events described above.

Edward Kimball led Dwight Lyman (D.L.) Moody, the most impactful evangelist of the 19th century, to Christ.

Moody hosted and spoke at a Gospel rally where J. Wilber Chapman came to know Jesus.

Chapman led Billy Sunday, an evangelist so influential that even Frank Sinatra sang about him, to Jesus and mentored him.

Billy Sunday spoke at that Gospel meeting and his preaching influenced Mordecai Ham to trust Jesus.

Mordecai Ham began to hold Gospel crusades. It was at one of those crusaded where Billy Graham, the most impactful evangelist of the 20th century, who preached the Gospel to literally millions of people, decided to trust in Jesus as his Savior.

Thank you, Edward, for your faithfulness. Thank you, Edward, for not being afraid of insignificance.

Your insignificance matters. You may not be the next D.L. Moody, Billy Sunday, or Billy Graham, but that is OK. We need more Edwards. It’s very clear that God uses the Edwards of the world. God can use YOU.

No matter how insignificant your day to day life might seem I can assure you, it is significant.

There is no telling what kind of impact on eternity you can have if you would just be faithful in doing what God has instructed you to do.

Romans 10:14

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”

Don’t miss your chance to let God use you. Make the most of every opportunity, even if it seems insignificant.