Written by Sam Lisak
My first few years of college, when I was still living at home, there was one thing that most people probably hated but didn’t bother me too much. That was the bus ride. The school I go to (UWM) provides all students with local county bus passes to help ease traffic and parking by campus. I drove 10 minutes to a park and ride, hopped on the bus, and 45 minutes later (usually) I was at school. Unless I wanted to pay for parking and the extra gas to get me there every day, this was the best option for me. While 45 minutes on a bus may sound like a complete waste of time, I had to find different ways so it wasn’t wasted. I found my bus time as a good chance to listen to different podcasts, study or do homework, read, or even take a nap. While I could have very easily just sat there and still gotten to my destination, I didn’t think that would be a great use of my time.
Much in the same way we want to make sure that as Christians we are making good use of our time. Each of us has been given a time of grace on this earth. This started way back with God’s perfect creation. Sadly through Adam, all mankind fell into sin and condemnation. Later we see when God gave the Ten Commandments just how quickly we fall short of His perfect expectations. Thankfully by His mercy the story doesn’t end there. God’s promise was kept in the sending of His Son in our place, giving us eternal life. Because of this amazing gift we are given, we want to do everything we can to spread the good news of Salvation, instead of just coasting our way to the finish line.
The Great Commission, which we’ve all heard countless times, tells us to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” We are to go out and spread the Word. When we are scared of what to say or how it will come across, we can remember God’s Word to Moses in Exodus 4:11-12, “So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”
There are other areas we can serve God as well. We can help teach in Sunday School, assist called workers with their responsibilities, or maintain the church. If we are uncertain about our ability in these areas, we should remember to trust God. His overwhelming grace means we are forgiven for our failures. It is this grace that we’re so generously given that urges us to keep on preaching the gospel, not just coasting along.
Ephesians 5:15-16 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.” Let us therefore take advantage of our time of grace here on earth and gladly serve Him!