The interesting thing about the human life is that we have a limited amount of time to accomplish the work that God has intended for us to do. The clock continues to tick and time continues to pass, refusing to halt for any man. Jesus understood this when He said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4, KJV). Matthew Henry, speaking of the brevity of life, stated, “There is a worm in the tree, we die daily.” Benjamin Franklin declared, “Lost time is never found again.” Time is a very precious commodity, and it is solely our choice and responsibility as to how we will spend it.
Jesus made these statements in the Gospel of Luke. “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man…Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot…Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:26, 28, & 32, KJV). I realize I have taken selected statements from this passage, and I would encourage you to read the entire thing however, for the sake of space, I have chosen these three statements because they get at the heart of what I am trying to convey.
When we look at the life of Noah, two important things stand out. He worked courageously and tirelessly in obedience to God, and he got his family into the ark. The ark represented salvation. However, when we consider Lot, he lost his family and escaped the judgment of God only because of the prayers of Abraham. His focus was on self and his own ambitions. He was neglectful of the opportunities that were afforded to him, and when he finally got around to warning and witnessing to his family, it was too late. Jesus is saying that these two behaviors will characterize the people of the last days. There are those who will be fully committed to God’s work and will be very intentional about witnessing and winning their families to the Lord. However, there are also those who will be like Lot, wasting the precious time they have while their families are being lost forever. My friends, these behaviors are being manifested today.
To take this a step farther, there are also those who are very concerned about their families but assume God will have to do all the work to get them saved. They have taken the position to pray for them; they grieve over their loved one’s lifestyles, but refuse to expend any further effort. These people do not understand that God’s work on this earth is dependent on His people. We are the body of Christ (Romans 7:4). For example, the Lord said in Ezekiel 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none” (KJV, emphasis mine). The Lord was saying that He was looking for someone to work through that the land might be saved. Unfortunately, none were found.
The point is we must make the most of the time that we have been given. The Apostle Paul stated, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16, KJV, emphasis mine). In another passage he instructed, “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time” (Colossians 4:5, KJV). He was saying that we as Christians need to be very careful and intentional as to how we spend the precious time that we have. We need to make the most of every opportunity.
We are living in the last days. I personally want to make sure that my life is characterized by the life of Noah. My goal is to work courageously and tirelessly in the work of the Lord, and I intend to do all I can to get my family into the ark. May God never say of this generation, “I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30, KJV).
Question: What are some reasons why we refuse to witness?