Matthew 25: 14-28
I have always thought of this parable in relation to spiritual gifts, or our finances. But when I read it this time I thought about the “talent of time.”
Early in this trial, on July 4th, I was begging God for Andrea’s healing. I knew God was in control, His will would be done, and it would be in His time. I thought what if this was time for Andrea to die. I begged God for more time. Surely, she could do so much more for the Lord alive then dead. Surely God could better show His glory by healing her then in her death. Then I felt the Lord say, “Do you not think Peter, Paul or any of the disciples could have said the same? What about Christ, He only preached for three years and lived for 33 years, surely if He would have lived until He was 70 He could have done so much more for Me.” But is that true? God has given us all a talent of time, a time to live on this earth, and we will answer for how we used that time. God does not owe us more time because we are faced with the possible end, and we see how we have wasted our time. Most of us never know when we are facing death and we go about our life missing the reason we are given the gift of life, the gift of time. We are to glorify God, to fear our creator to share the gift of salvation we have received. What have I done with my time? I have a chest of military medals and annual reports with glowing comments of my accomplishments. I’ve bought a house and I have many things to make me comfortable. But where does that fit in God’s priorities? Who do these serve? Me. What have I done with this finite gift of time God has given me? Where am I laying up my treasures? I learned facing death brings you face to face with the gift of time and how precious it is. We will all answer for what we did with our most precious gift the one gift given to each of us, the one gift that enables all other gifts, the talent of time.
Then I began to reflect on my request of God for more time, and how much better I will use that time if God. And I felt God tell me, “Why do you ask for more time and waste today? Why do you ask for the future and waste the present? Is not today a gift?”
I was convicted that I was asking God for more time and promising what I will do for Him, and treating the present as if it was mine, a given. This very second is a gift from God just as tonight is, tomorrow, next month and next year will be. What was I going to do with tomorrow as it becomes today? When was I going to start serving God? Was it always a day away? And here I was asking for more time, was I really going to treat it any different then the time God had already given me? God told me to be faithful with what I had, and don’t worry about tomorrow. Begging for healing so we “could” serve God was a ridiculous request when I was squandering the days he already gave me. I learned that everyday we need to serve God, and stop spending our time for earthly gains. Because one day we will all face death, and we will all answer what we did with God’s greatest gift…the talent of time.