I was thinking about how fast the month is going by and realized how often we note the rapid passing of time. Time seems to pass even more quickly when you have more things on your to-do list then you can get to.
Time is a part of God’s creation that limits us, so its passing cannot go unnoticed. If we don’t admit it when we look in the mirror, we see it as our children and grandchildren grow older. The older we get the shorter our life seems to be.
Time is a finite resource and one that we must use. A hymn now seldom sung urged us to “work for the night is coming, when man’s work is o’er.”
It is good to be busy, and we should see our day-to-day activities as ways to serve God and His Kingdom. Man was made to work even in Eden. It is God’s purpose for us. When God puts work before us, He is saying our life has a purpose, whether we understand its relevance to His Kingdom or not.
It is also good to be frustrated that we can’t do all we would like to do. That tells us we are not the driving force in this world. The Holy Spirit builds the Kingdom; we are the workers, not the architects. The rule we have to gauge our usefulness in the Lord’s work is faithfulness. Without faithfulness, God will not bless our labors. When Israel, then Judah, abandoned God, He destroyed their monarchy, their nation, and even His temple before resuming His work with a remnant from another generation.
We do not know what the Kingdom of God will look like in 100, 500, or 1,000 years. All we can do is be faithful to it now in its present form and so be laborers in growth.